Hawaii Mud Bombers- Mondo Primo (2004)

Posted by KB on 1/30/2018 to Reviews
I really thought I was up on my Swedish pop punk surf guitar groups, but somehow this one snuck by. If the words "Swedish pop punk surf guitar" didn't intrigue then there is no hope for you. Okay, in all seriousness this was great stumble upon find. It is power pop with surf undertones at a punk speed splashed with gallons of fun. There is nothing deep here, and that is absolutely fine. Oh did I say there is also dixieland rock song? So, if gallons of fun sounds like something you would like jump into, find this and get your twist going.

Favorite Songs: The Act, Johanna Beach, Mondo Primo, Suzuki Samurai, Birds and Bees, MTV

REZZ- Mass Manipulation (2017)

Posted by KB on 1/26/2018 to Reviews
It would be a fib if I didn't disclose that EDM (all striations) is a bit out of my sweet spot. Lately I have had outside influences slowly guiding me into this realm. Some is just hip retail store background music and other, like REZZ's "Mass Manipulation", is actually something I can get behind. The electronic beats are simple but driving with a bit of aggressive abrasiveness that makes keeps each song fresh. Many electronic artists have a sound and beat that they don't venture from but REZZ meanders all over the place. You can move to it, you can chill to it or you can listen and just think to it. Those who rarely dip their toes into this genre, but welcome something new, I suggest giving this go.

Favorite Songs: Diluted Brains, Livid, Green Gusher, Ascension

The Blow- Brand New Abyss (2017)

Posted by KB on 1/23/2018 to Reviews
The Blow are a two woman band that play sparse, deeply personal synth music. The pair sing about longing, lost love, wanted love, pissy attitude and they do it where you can actually connect with their feelings. The music at first sounds like semi-structured noodling until you realize that it fittingly envelopes their lyrics. They will drift to be a little poppy or a little dance-y when they want to, but it's on their terms. Their one misstep is the more experimental The Woman You Want Her To Be. They also cover a classic Eagles tune by not really covering it at all. This won't be for everyone, only those who like very stripped down introspective songs.

Favorite Songs: Get Up, Summer, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Dark Cold Magic

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Wrong Creatures (2018)

Posted by KB on 1/22/2018 to Reviews
Still black light trippy but with fewer inspired riffs and grooves as in the past. There is a slowness to the album and a lacking of the big beat throbbing guitar rock they are known for. While a couple songs attempt to build and grow, some feel like they take to long and others just don't get there. Luckily there are a few solid entries like Little Thing Gone Wild, which hearkens to BRMC's expected drone/riff rock and Echo, a slower wafty pop ballad. This is by far not a horrible release, just a tad disappointing and as one who owns BRMC's discography it pains me not be all in.

Favorite Songs: Little Thing Gone Wild, Question of Faith, Spook, Echo

Grayson Capps- Scarlet Roses (2017)

Posted by kb on 1/15/2018 to Reviews
The KISS principal  works in music as it does in most situations. Grayson Capps keeps it simple, stupid on "Scarlet Roses" and it works divinely. Capps' Americana is not daring or unique but instead an easy listen with just enough edge and to keep it from being mundane. His voice is world weary and he floats from sincere backwoods crooning to country soul to all out southern rock. He has a definite arena sing sing-a-long in Bag Of Weed and an epic wailer Taos. This would have been in my tops of the year if I stumbled upon in earlier. But it's better to find it then never to find it. So go out and find this.

Favorite Songs: Bag of Weed, Hit 'em Up Julie, Taos, You Can't Turn Around, Moving On