Blackburn Hall – S/T

Review by Steve Marck

Pete Hall is an architect of sorts: he’s been honing his aural craftsmanship for years, most notably as a member of A Northern Chorus, a long-standing staple of cavernously expansive rock constructs. With Blackburn Hall, his knack for densely interwoven tones holds taut but, where his guitar would contribute to airy epic progressions, it now welds concise, crunchy riffs. As a band, Blackburn Hall clutches every catchy aspect of their outputs with a tight grip. The Rhodes-wrapped swing of Steel & Wire stands as firmly as the thunderous distortion of North American, and the songs between are all as concrete. This is not an album to be taken lightly; it’s sturdy pacing proves that the band has laid a great foundation for solid Canadian rock.