Billy Davis and The Good Lords give their all on ‘Ball and Chain’
There is a lot going on in BILLY DAVIS AND THE GOOD LORDS’ new single ‘Ball and Chain’ but if you’re familiar with them, you already know why. They are a collection of 11 of Melbourne’s best musicians who bit by bit, all work towards making one hell of a track and they’ve done it once again.
‘Ball and Chain’ kicks off with sultry vocals that, for a moment, could trick you thinking it could be some sort of RnB-esque dance track. But, baited with the hook – the track breaks into some skilful verses, documenting the loss of a truly significant other. It’s a look back into a love that he wishes to be experiencing again, wishing to still be in the throes of, but he knows it is long past. It’s an interesting single to follow from the more upbeat and differing opinion of ‘No Longer Lovers’, which focused on a clearer break up. It’s obvious from having so many influences in one band, no one story can be told which will most definitely be a good thing as BD&GL will never get stale.
The track itself, while focusing on the nostalgia of a past relationship doesn’t let it get weighed down, the lyrical content itself is a touch macabre, but the beat isn’t. Veering on the Kaytranada groove, it’s a complex beat, synths flicking in and out, horns and even a piano break down that takes over the end of the track. It’s a somewhat misplaced section of piano, as it doesn’t really add anything more to the track that then abruptly ends, but overall the track is a high quality example of musical minds coming together. It’s funky, guided by flowing verses and a smooth vocal hook – it’s an effective recipe for success. With the last music video from them being an absolute treat, it’s now exciting to wait and see what they will come up with for ‘Ball and Chain’.
Billy Davis and The Good Lords have two single release nights coming up for the lucky cities of Melbourne and Sydney, supported by The Goods, Tentendo and Swell. Known for their energetic live shows, Billy Davis and The Good Lords are no doubt one band not to miss live, get tickets while you can.
May 5th – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney – Tickets available here
May 12th – The Gasometer, Melbourne – Tickets available here
WORDS BY LLOYD CRACKETT