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Ahab - Wits End (Navigator)

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The problem with any great live outfit, especially one with a fair amount of cheeky onstage laddish chemistry, is that the gigs are too frequent; so frequent in fact that they afford themselves no spare time to get in the studio to record their material. London-based ahab are such a band and up to now the five-piece outfit have produced little more than a couple of EPs, together with a live album recorded on their home turf. WITS END is pretty much those two EPs remastered with the addition of the single Lucy. The compilation is pretty much the story so far, which gives us a taste of a popular band in the making, presenting their own brand of Americana, peppered with Eagles-like harmonies and a distinct folk/pop sensibility. 

With original members Callum Adamson and Dave Burn on guitars and vocals, together with later additions to the line up, Seebs Llewellyn on bass and vocals and Luke Price on mandolin and vocals, ahab have come up with all the necessary credentials that should see them take up their rightful place as a headlining act at multi-genre festivals across the country and further afield. 
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky