Following the success of their self-titled album from 2014, The Paul DesLauriers Band has returned with the aptly titled Relentless, a genuine blues-rock escapade featuring 10 new songs that encompass their most original and powerful work to date.
In a true collaborative effort, singer-guitarist Paul DesLauriers (pronounced “de-loree-yay”), bassist Greg Morency and drummer Sam Harrisson approached this recording the same way as previous projects: three men playing together in one room, capturing the performances live. This time they’ve applied that philosophy to the entire creative process, writing and arranging the music together from the ground up, with lyrics penned by DesLauriers and his longtime collaborator Alec McElcheran.
Each member of the band is a virtuoso in his own right, but what sets this power trio apart is its uncanny chemistry. Through the driving riffs of “Stewtro Rock (Just Got Back)” and “Ten Feet Tall,” the swampy grooves of “I’m Your Man” and “Still Under My Skin” and the heavy blues of “If I Still Had You,” the power the musicians share is obvious. “Gonna Make You Move (Part 1)” and “We Just Might” intersperse blues with funk and cheeky double-entendre, while “Wipes Away Your Sin” and “Up In The Air” deal with the complexities of relationships and of a life spent chasing the muse.
In recent years, The Paul DesLauriers Band has surely become one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues acts. In January 2016, they took home 2nd Place among 119 competing bands at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, adding to their multiple Maple Blues and Lys Blues Awards and nominations and a #1 album on the iTunes Canada Blues Chart. Relentless is destined to cement their position and radiate their influence even further across the international stage.