Esther's Rock Blog Review NL/ENG

Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight is a blues rock power trio from the Netherlands. This enthusiastic band regularly performs at blues festivals. Their latest album is called ‘Shake Them Down’. This album features 12 studio tracks, including a cover of Alvin Lee. In addition, there are two live bonus tracks.

‘Boogie On Down The Line’ has a catchy intro. The slightly rough edge on Rob’s voice matches the music. This opening track has several nice twists and turns and, of course, plenty of delicious guitar playing. The rhythm section completes it all, consisting of bassist Ernst van Ee, and drummer Piet Tromp. The intro of ‘Into The Night’ is different , but the lovely vibe of the music remains. The sound is slightly on the dull side, though. This is not a problem, as it’s okay with this old-school blues rock. Rob rips through it nicely with his guitar. I turn up the volume once more. It is almost impossible to sit still, especially on the catchy ‘Never Be Ready’.


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