Although Special Branch look more like the sorts who’d come bursting out the back of a Transit van
armed with pickaxe handles during a particularly violent episode of “The Sweeney,” they also have that
gift of alchemy. The ability to take something essentially of little apparent worth: a covers band; and
imbue it with the kind of raw excitement and visceral energy that fuels all great rock music. With a
rhythm section that could punch nails through concrete, a powerful, yet subtle guitarist and a great R&B
vocalist who’s also a dab hand on the old harmonica.
Special Branch, like their namesake, kick the doors in and trash the place, taking no prisoners.