Ebb would be what happened if King Crimson and Heart made sweet love and gave birth to a mostly female prog band. Ebb are a 6-piece, genre-defying group of musicians who live within a pagan art collective. Coming from very different social and political backgrounds, they play an eclectic blend of music styles, resulting in prog-rock… sort of. Their new album Death And The Maiden describes the arc of a life struggling with conflicting mental states and, ultimately, resolves into an almost enlightened sense of self-awareness. Featuring the nostalgic tones of Hammond and Mellotron, the band have taken a classic approach on the record. The track Illusions,
Ebb was formed initially in 2013 as a backing band for the award-winning singer/songwriter Erin Bennett, the group released two albums with Bennett as a solo-artist ReFlowered (2016) and Post Sexy Post Truth (2018).) Both releases were positively received by UK music press and included a UK-wide tour, several dates supporting Hawkwind as well as a handful of shows in The Netherlands. In late 2018, however, Bennett decided to cease performing as a solo-artist and officially rebranded with the same musicians to form EBB.
In late 2018, the group began work on what will be their debut EP, Death & The Maiden. Marking an obvious change in musical direction, the 6-track record, released on Boudicca Records showcases the band’s musical virtuosity as well as Erin Bennett’s continually evolving songwriting skill. Once described as being: the bastard daughter of King Crimson and Heart, Ebb cite both those artists as well as bands such as Hawkwind, Tool and Rush as being among their influences. The live track Dark Lady,
Death & The Maiden is a concept album and selected sample of songs from Ebb’s greater conceptual live show. Ebb is using a jazz-influenced bass style and rich backing vocals this record sits comfortably within the Prog-Rock realm. Bennett’s ferocious guitar chops combined with Anna Fraser’s tightly schooled but musical drumming style, give this record a very modern edge. The lyrics, melodies and harmonies pull the whole project together making Ebb a unique and riveting band to hear and to see live. Recorded at Boudicca Records’ Lodge Studios and mastered by Ed Woods (The Who, The Proclaimers, Idlewild) Death & The Maiden is a promising release by a group who have made it their mission to bring something fresh to the live music scene, which seems increasingly lost in a sea of safe ubiquity.