Single Review: The Great Malarkey – “Merry Profits”
Aficionados of The Great Malarkey will know that they never disappoint in a live setting, so this Pure Rawker was rather intrigued to hear just how well their particular brand of gypsy-folk punk n’ roll would translate to the recorded arena. And the answer is – pretty damn impressively!
The tracks they’ve released are arguably two of the best and catchiest in their current live set, and in ‘Merry Profits’ they have lost absolutely none of the frenetic energy and buzz that characterises their live shows – I challenge you to keep still while this one’s rocking your stereo!
‘Ponders End’ is more sea-shanty than punk, and it’s a great counterpart to ‘Merry Profits’, really showcasing the full range of their sound. Singer Alex Ware-Woolf’s awesome vocals are at times rough as sandpaper, at times sultry and soulful, and it’s these vocals that set them apart from most of their contemporaries, and give them a real universal appeal.
On the strength of these two offerings, the album (coming later this year) will definitely be one to look out for, and I have no doubts in recommending you download these tracks to keep you going till then – available from Amazon, iTunes and all the usual places.
You never know, you might just find your new favourite band!