About Borealis Rex
Louisiana's Borealis Rex is an American rock band and some farm-to-table MFs. Catchy and blues-indebted like the Stones, with a touch of Faces and CCR mixed in, Borealis Rex is the new face of rock, longitude/latitude: South.
A five-member outfit hailing from Louisiana, their organic sound is girded by three hot guitars crosscut with occasional breakouts of banjo and fiddle. Not shy with the harmonies, B-Rex is modern yet homespun in the best sense — edgy Americana without the schlock. Borealis Rex is wholly new but reminiscent of 70's rock icons at their best.
On Cut Your Teeth, Borealis Rex’s Southern born-and-bred musical sensibilities come to the forefront. Recorded at the renowned Studio in the Country in Louisiana, this EP drips with palpable energy, driving rhythms, and passion shot through with a twinges of lyrical angst you can stomp your feet to. Cuts like “She’s So Cool” make southern-tinged rock contemporary a la Kings of Leon, while incorporating a nod to classic Isley Brothers call-and-response. The lyrics of this side-eyed love song are a bittersweet paean to Instagram-era courtship — a long wearying road with brief glimpses of the possibility of redemptive love.
The hot train guitars of “Flood” invoke man versus nature and a Charlie Daniels Band-meets-blues-meets-metal, softened by a haunting Delta banjo. “Cocaine Caroline” resurrects 70's Burning Love-era Elvis but with three Fenders and swooning, melodic bass until the song finally resolves in the spiritual tones of a Hammond B3. “Passenger” brings to life CCR vocals over Muscle Shoals-era production and an earworm guitar lick that rivals the best of 70's Brit rock. It wraps with a blast of slide guitar and a bluegrass resophonic straight off a Kentucky hilltop. The swagger of “Take It Out on Me” melts into an acoustic, fiddle-drenched breakdown before revving back into a guitar-fueled sass romp.
Borealis Rex is
Chance Casteel: ex-wunderkind / lead vocals / guitar
Bill Davis: Louisiana Music Hall of Famer / guitar / vocals
Parker Freeman: banjo / fiddle / guitar
John Garcia: bass
Wade Hymel: drums / keys / vocals