Portobello Express -You Cry EP
Vienna-based, female-fronted psychedelic blues band, Portobello Express, have upped the ante over lockdown, experimenting both sonically and lyrically to give us a new EP, ‘You Cry’, their most riffed up and rockiest offering to date.
The EP comprises 4 tracks, including two new ones: ‘Be Blues Revisited’ and ‘Only When She’s Gone’. ‘Be Blues Revisited’ is the kind of bluesy rock that we all need, combining front woman Betty’s powerful vocals with a seriously catchy main riff and 70’s vibe.
The other new track, ‘Only When She's Gone’, kicks off with feathery drums and a really hooky bass line and is a very personal song for Betty: ‘I made myself quite vulnerable with this one as it talks about my mother,’ she said. ‘Such lyrics are something I never would have done on previous recordings. This song helped me to identify the source of a lot of sadness and anger in my life.’
‘Highly Sensitive’, probably their best-known song to date and which was released as a single last year, also features on the EP.
The message of the song is clear, think before you speak: ‘Every time you open your mouth be sure you switched on your brain, millions of people, millions of faces, we are not all the same. Be kind, be nice and respectful. If you can hate, I can love.’
Betty describes the EP’s title track, ‘You Cry’, as ‘a blues rock anthem about men’s unrealistic expectations in relationships’, which comes through strongly in the lyrics: ‘So don’t be angry if I tell you this one time, just stay on your own. Invent a woman who lives only in your mind and makes you more alone.’
A. You Cry/Only When She's Gone
B. Be Blues Revisited /Highly Sensitive