Black Daniel


Hard Times On The Way

Laddish singalong choruses, glam-rock beats and fuzzed-up guitars? Sound like a certain bunch of stadium rockers? Yes, Black Daniel have just finished touring with Kasabian and sound like their dancier siblings. That’s no surprise when you learn that two-thirds of Black Daniel, the May brothers, used to be in electro-house act Medicine 8 some years back. They are joined on vocals by Craig Higgins Jr, a former employee of dance music label Strictly Rhythm. Bet the aftershows were memorable. But despite the wham-bam style of ‘Gimme What You Got (Pull The Trigger)’ and ‘Go On Get It’, there are subtler moments: ‘Million Holes’ uses the same monotone piano riff as The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’. There’s nowt too clever here, but it’s all in perfect working order.

Stephen Worthy