The new album BREATHE, presents an edgier Red Hot Chilli Pipers performing their driving, energetic synthy; takes on Rock music and traditional Scottish & Irish classics. Those of you into their world famous BAGROCK will not be disappointed!!!!
On one of the fierce 14 Bagrock tracks, the Chilli Pipers have taken the
dark rhythms of Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' (theme to '28 Days Later') coupled with modern piping
superhero Gordon Duncan's 'The Sleeping Tune' and created a fusion of (as
the Chillis say) our favourite white rap artist + zombies + bagpipes !!!!!
Rocking those Bagpipes for over a decade, BREATHE guarantees punchy
versions of Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody', ZZ Top's 'Gimme All Your Lovin', Gary Numan's 'Cars', the Eurythmics 'Sweet Dreams' and many more, all Chilli-fied with big blasting
brass, rock guitars and the mighty sound of the three lads on the Great
It's a wonder the Chillis have time to breathe as they take their powerful
sound to many countries around the world.
Who would consider an amalgamation of scything synths,
air-cleaving guitars, power-bass lines, blazing brass, shattering drums
and percussion overlaid with the unique sound of Highland bagpipes a
recipe for success? The Red Hot Chilli Pipers that s who. Starting as a
good idea between friends the Red Hot Chilli Pipers now deliver a unique
bagpipe-rock-folk fusion they call Bagrock . Their latest album Breathe
demonstrates the power behind the concept - energised classic rock and pop
tracks morphing with traditionally inspired and original jigs, reels and
strathspeys into a fusion that defies classification.
A breath-taking live act, the Chilli s music transfers to album without
any loss of dynamism and drive. Breathe overflows with bagloads of
energy. There remains that moment you recognize the tune, albeit in a
totally unexpected format, then just as you settle in to the feel there s
a ripping bagpipe-driven force field that nails you to your seat and two
seconds later rips you out of it to join in the mayhem. This music is
highly infectious - from the synth-fed transformation of Irish tradition
with Silver Spear through to the highly embellished, rock tinged
Scottish pibroch within Young Blood - hear it and you ll want more.
There s the anthemic Don t Stop Believing fused with The Jig Runrig ;
the punch of Gimme All Your Lovin with ZZ Top meets Scotland and the
bizarre yet addictive combination of Cars with Smooth Criminal each
of these tunes bonded by bagpipes to form outlandish yet gorgeous beasts.
Should you not know the band, make no mistake this isn t just a bunch of
itinerant pipers bashing out rock covers. Between them the band has four
music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The
Chilli s founding member and musical director, Stuart Cassells, was BBC
Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and snare drummer
Steven Graham, he of the blisteringly fast hands, is a two-times world
champion. And the respect for tradition and desire to ensure its
continuance is profound.
Breathe is a seething vortex, a hurricane, a twister that sometimes
gently caresses but ultimately sweeps you away and leaves you fighting for
breath. My advice, just go with the flow and breathe.
Reviewer: Tim Carroll --FolkWords