Anna Rose - "Innocent Screams" Review
Country Music Capital News

   Innocent Screams, the results of those recording sessions at Geoff Wright’s home-built Byron Bay studio, were well worth waiting for.
There are some absolute treasures on the disc that Guy admits, were a wrench to release, but once those thoughts were out there, peace came to the sometimes troubled singer-songwriter.
I was raised up, living in a town where stars collide, in a Capricorn month they come on their magic carpet ride … Those are the opening lines to Around The Bend, which tells of his years growing up in Tamworth in a house out along Armidale Rd, with his parents, his sister, and two brothers. Life wasn’t always easy with an alcoholic father and he was raised mainly by his beloved grandfather “who played the best harmonica I’ve ever heard”. He paints accurate word pictures of those times playing with his siblings, and on Green Machine, which speaks of the huge machinery at Pioneer Concrete, where his father worked. That’s where the album’s title comes from – a line from the song, which soul diva LISA HUNT adds backing vocals to. “I nearly called the album Green Machine,” Guy says. “Growing up there were these big green machines at Pioneer andI had these little cars, lots of toys and the first car I ever owned was a green panel van.”
It’s an alternative rocky kind of track, but each one has its own flavour, so it’s very difficult to place Guy’s album into one pigeonhole – I suppose you could call it “music for grown-ups”.


Kim Cheshire - "Innocent Screams" Review
Country Update Magazine Aug 2013
    Guy Kachel Tamworth born singer/songwriter and blues harp aficionado has been a regular on the north coast roots music scene for the last ten years or so, playing the clubs and bars and honing his songwriting skills, building a repertoire of inspired musical moments and thoughtful observations. It's been a slow build for this 50 year old journeyman musician and Innocent Screams his debut album has been a long time coming. Thankfully it's been worth the wait.
Along with a carefully considered cast of some of Byron Bays finest old school luminaries Kachel has put together a fine collection of r&b/blues infused workouts and distinctly Australian rural narratives charting the ups and downs of the human condition, reflecting on the lost innocence of a bucolic 1960's rural childhood and struggling to find a sane solution to the social inequities of modern life. There's a distinct 70's ambience to the whole affair, the analog sound, the thick steamy grooves, the big "soul style" female vocal harmonies that pump up the choruses along with some smoky barroom horns, and a production that leaves no stone unturned! Produced by Kachel and one of the regions finest blues guitarists Geoff Wright , Innocent Screams is a solid and densely concentrated piece of work. The r&b/blues songs 'Sound of the Bell' 'Green Machines' at times reminiscent of early Boz Scaggs albums while the more folk/rock of 'Around the Bend' 'Witching Hour' and the albums big ballad 'Face the Music' conjure up the familiar ambience and a vocal similarity to our own Shane Howard during his time with the Goanna band. There's a hell of a lot of information musically and lyrically condensed down into the six songs that make up this album and it's really no surprise considering it's so far along in his career before he's decided to commit this stuff to tape (yes tape!) Let's hope the next one doesn't take so long or he could be in his seventies before we hear from him again.
Mick Daley - "Innocent Screams"  Review 
   Guy Kachel is a hugely experienced and widely respected singer/songwriter based in the Byron Bay hinterland. He produced his first album in 2013, Innocent Screams, a work of timely, mature introspection that reverberates with the sounds of his varied and manifold influences. There is the grace and soul of the blues interspersed with the country strains of his youth – and the tempering power of rock and roll. What emerges is a form of kicking country blues that esteems and embellishes the legacy of icons such as John Hiatt and Little Feat.