Americana UK review
From down under, Waiting For Brenda started life as a Billy Bragg covers band as they were fed up waiting for him to play Australia. They have moved on since then and ‘Friendly Disposition’ is a slightly grungy set of songs which remind one of the heydays of alt-country. The band are just on the right side of ramshackle with wayward fiddle and Dobro solos galore while singer Brenda Lee Kelly strikes just the right attitude. For a grand swatch of gothic country have a listen to ‘Closing Time At The Cemetery Gates‘ and, for an insight into Brenda’s mindset, there’s the fast and furious ‘Punk’s Not Dead (It’s Gone Country)’. File next to The Knitters.
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Waiting for Brenda - 4th July - single review - YORK CALLING - MONTHLY FAVOURITES - JANE HAWKINS
As my regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of the Americana/folk genres, and Waiting for Brenda contain those genres in spades! 4th July is a haunting folk song that has all the hallmarks of the genre, as well as a fast, country beat. The violins sound particularly stunning in the background, laid out against the gorgeous electric guitar lines that make up the main instrumentation on this pretty tune. Vocalist Brenda’s voice sounds perfect here, with her lyrics suiting the style of music exceedingly well. https://yorkcalling.co.uk/2023/03/03/monthly-favourites-14/
“She has a unique vocal tone and style, and it stands out amongst today's saccharine female country output and rings of genuine country leanings. Maybe file under Alt Country, but that just means this is more country than most of the songs on the radio charts at the moment.” - Jon Wolfe
“The band are just on the right side of ramshackle with wayward fiddle and Dobro solos galore while singer Brenda Lee Kelly strikes just the right attitude.” - Americana UK – Paul Kerr