The first time I heard the band live my thoughts were, “Wow. They’re completely original. Refreshing. Different.” As luck would have it, they were available when I was looking to book a band for a corporate event at the City to Surf 2006. The show went off with a bang, leaving a huge impression on the audience of over 200 people . It occurred to me that this band must be a real find when I discovered Actor/Director Mark Lee was in the process of filming a documentary about them, as he shot footage of the gig.
Shortly afterward, I got their two CD releases and listened more closely. They revealed superbly crafted songs and intricately layered stories within. It proved to be fate, because the Reluctants (Rels, for short) were looking for a new manager and engaged me not long after.
So back to the original question - would you call them Blues? Folk? Rock? Acoustic? Indie? Country? Probably all of those things and more, because each song in their repertoire is like a different exotic dish, some hot & spicy, others cool and laid back. Maybe the best thing to do is to give you a taste and let you decide, so enclosed is a selection of their music. Hopefully you’ll find them as fascinating as I do, and become a friend of Reluctant Friends of Steve.