I’ve never seen this band live, nor do they seem to have a webpage, but through the magic of Facebook, Little Brian & the Oat Cereals have come under my watchful eye. Any contemporary band that can play such a classic sounding cover, complete with a great textural saxophone, is a band that I’m interested in seeing and hearing. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” is a perfect choice for a cover, as the allusions to the two most noteable performers of this track, Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones, at once put this band in league with the neo-soul movement that’s quite popular at the moment, as well as the ‘Stones mid-1960s pre-psychedelic blues-rock that is always essential. Albeit, as you’ll be able to tell from the live video below, the Oat Cereals don’t fit snugly into either neo-soul or garage-rock revival camps, existing perfectly between them, making them one of the more ‘authentic’ sounding ’60s nostalgia acts. In short, I love the saxophone in this. Dig it.
Little Brian & the Oat Cereals, “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Live, 2011)
Be sure to also check out their blistering cover of “Long Tall Sally,” here.