CINELLI BROTHERS – London UK – indie Blues
Say hello or ciao to the explosive CINELLI BROTHERS who are rocking old style blues. Close your eyes and you will think you were transported back to than era where Marco, 33 wiled his Eastwood axe like an old should pro. Alessandro, 29, handles the kit like a young Buddy Rich. They hail from Italy but now call London home. They have upped the level of blues playing and are bringing back enthusiasm for this all important genre. The familial tie lets them jam effortlessly on their original music and their cover endeavors. Adding tasty bass sounds and harmonica and keys rounds out their hard working band.
The Cinelli’s developed a passion for the blues as young boys. The band was born out of our passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from ’60s and ’70s. Marco and Alessandro play with different musicians to evoke music that is distinct in sound. They could have been signed to Stax or Motown back in the day. Now they are making things happen by tirelessly playing gigs in Paris, all over France and in their adopted city, London. Grooving on his Eastwood guitar, Marco’s smooth style of guitar playing reminds one of the greats like Otis Rush and Junior Wells. His voice carries the words masterfully as he lets it rip with reverent emotion. Alessandro handles the kit with insouciance and flair.
They dropped their LP Babe Set Your Alarm in 2016. The full length release consists of 9 cracking originals and 3 tasty covers including a soulful version of Prince’s “Kiss”. The title track bursts out of the gait with unflinchingly bold guitar playing. He sings in his raspy, night smoked voice creating the mood.
“Set your alarm for 2:30 in the morning.
I am playing out of town tonight
But you know when I get back I will be yearning”
Singing about the trials of remaining faithful while being a musician may be a familiar theme in blues music. Yet the Cinelli’s offer a modern edgier take with guitars that sound like they are crying and drums that aren’t rushed but pop in perfect time.
Are making me wise” sets the tone for “Your Lies”. A song that plays out like a savage dreams cape that winds it’s way around someone’s bs with smoking guitar licks, precise picking, sticks on the kit and a wrecking bass line. It’s an old fashioned blues tune of the finest degree.
While not on this album, they do a killer cover of the Stones’ “Sway” that would make Mick proud.
Looking forward to new tunes from the stylish and uber talented Cinelli Brothers. Grazie ragazi.