Sometimes I think, in a world full of synthesizers and club-worthy beats, we forget to value solid rock songwriting. The Black Hand Gang, a foursome out of Glasgow, Scotland, offer just that. It’s the gentle acoustic strum and the tale of working fingers to the bone that sucks the listener in initially on “Bricks & Mortar.” Then the song picks up a little less than 60 seconds in, and the galloping drum beat mingles with some subtly-woven banjo and organ before this baby takes off. Add some dynamite electric pickin’ and crystal clear vocals, and it becomes a rollicking rock song all the way to the end.
The band cites influences like Neil Young, Woody Guthrie and Credence Clearwater Revival, and it’s easy to see why. These Scottish rockers sure do capture that Americana, classic rock feel on “Bricks & Mortar.” A more modern comparison might be early Kings of Leon. Give the song a listen below, and check out a live performance video as well. Their EP is available on iTunes now.