The Harlis Sweetwater Band is a classic Blues/Soul/Rock band from Huntington Beach, CA that is bringing audiences great bluesy, hard rocking songs on their new EP Lights Goin’ Down. This band is mad talented, with good soul songs that get your foot tapping and has you singing along to the lyrics.
“I Can’t Justify,” is a gritty bluesy track with great guitars, organ, drums and Harlis Sweetwater’s deep, smoky, raspy voice that’s perfect for the genre. His voice is spot-on and is perfectly complemented by the backing instrumentation. The band members are really jamming on this song and their enthusiasm is infectious. The tune is a catchy, funky Soul composition. “I just Wanan Be Your Man” is upbeat and funky with a honky-tonk vibe to it. It’s a perfect blend of Rock and Blues with Sweetwater’s misty voice full of grit and emotion that grabs you. Again, the song is nearly flawless in composition and the guitars and drums are awesome. On “Like a Woman Should,” Sweetwater’s soulful voice is on display front and center The instrumentation is the perfect companion to his voice. The lyrics are fun and classic — he sings about women coming to him for satisfaction when their own men fail in giving them what they need sexually. The sly, witty metaphors he uses for sex and for the ladies adds to the fun of the song. But one thing this band needs to be mindful of is having all songs sound the same. Mixing it up and adding different elements to the music will give their awesome sound some variety.
The Harlis Sweetwater band is a talented group of musicians who really understand the roots of great Soul/Blues music. The vocals are spot on, the instrumentation nearly flawless. With a little work on adding some variety to the songs, this band is poised to enjoy great success!