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THE HOT SPROCKETS-Brother Nature

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hs6I have been following The Hot Sprockets since their 2011 release of ‘Honey Skippin. I was fortunate enough to catch this Dublin, Ireland band at Canada Indie Week, part of a North American Tour to promote the June, 2014 release of their latest album, ‘Brother Nature‘.

The album opens with “Quarter Roam“, with its powerful vocals, great changes, and choral harmonies. The combination of acoustic and electric guitars is wonderfully melodic, and I think I heard some slide guitar in this track. The melody rocks, the effects are cool, and I dig the drumming. The early rock and roll influences on “Boogie Woogie“, are almost Rockabilly. This song delivers a high energy tempo, with dynamite and unexpected changes, some dynamite harmonica, and a great vocal track. “Shake Me Off” brings great harmonies, cool changes, and wonderful hs3instrumentation. The country-blues sound of “Comin’ On‘ offers some sweet guitar picking, a dynamite bass line, and a great melody. A wonderfully lively track. “Lay Me Down“, a beautifully sweet song, with acoustic guitar, nice harmonies, wonderful vocals, and, as an added bonus, some way cool banjo. The western style of “El Torro“, an instrumental, comes across like a cowboy tune, a great song to listen to on a cattle drive! It brings wonderful guitar, and great harmonica. The powerfully “Show Me The Weight” gives up dynamite guitar and great harmonies.  “Women & Chile”  delivers some R & B vibes, incorporating great guitar effects, wonderful drumming, a cool melody, and perfectly placed harmonica. One great track! The melody of “Someday” joins the acoustic guitar picking to create a simply serene track. “Soul Brother” just plain rocks. A wonderful tempo brings this blues-rock track to life. There are great guitar riffs and a way cool solo, wonderful harmonies, dynamite changes and insanely good vocal effects. The bluesy, acid hs2rock sentiment of “Heavy On My Mind“,  reminds me of Steppenwolf. With a cool guitar riff that drives the great melody, and incredible drumming, what else could I ask for? Well, The Hot Sprockets thought that flute would be a good idea. They were right. Amazing! The incredibly wonderful “Homeslice” offers a great melody, coupled with sweet harmonies, over what sounds like strings and a mandolin. My favorite track on the album, “The Worried Kind“, brings a great melody delivered by a wicked vocal track. The changes and harmonies are wonderful, and I hear strings! The song has a John Lennon thing going on, both in melody and vocals, and I like it. A beautifully written and performed song!

 

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Well, there you have it. Brother Nature. 13 tracks, and not a bad one to be found. I have listened to this album for the 4th time, and it just keeps getting better. The songs are insanely good. The production, wonderful. These guys can write. These guys can play. The album has a ‘live off the floor’ feel to it. I haven’t heard this much energy in an album in a long time. The Hot Sprockets refer to their music as ‘country dirt”. I prefer to call it Irish Soul! Brother Nature is one of the most powerful albums I have heard in 2014, filled with the unusual, and the unexpected.  A definite must have for your collection, and a definite contender for I Can’t Believe My Earz’  Album Of The Year. Don’t just take my word for it, listen here: http://thehotsprockets.bandcamp.com/album/brother-nature

 

 

 

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PINK LIZARDS

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pl2I came across Pink Lizards out of Brighton, England, quite accidentally while venturing out into uncharted areas of various music streaming sites. The name caught my attention. I could not find a lot of material, 3 songs to stream and a few live performance videos. I listened and I watched. The heavy psych-rock sound totally captivated me.

I did some research on the band: Martyn Nash on drums, Ben Buckley on bass, and, guitar and vocals pl3by Daisy Coburn. Daisy Coburn? If any of you remember Daisy Dares You, well, this is her. A deal with Jive Records (Sony) and a top 20 U.K. single. Pretty impressive. But this is not the same Daisy.

El Torro“, an acoustic track, breathes psychadelica. The guitar effects are incredibly surreal, and the pl1mood, ethereal. The Spanish flavor  fits wonderfully, and the vocal track, superb. The powerful bass and drums of “Sold Your Soul” emphasize the vocals that are placed somewhere in the distance. The great changes, and way cool fuzz sound make this track an interesting journey into psych-melancholia. “Here I Sear“, continues with the great bass lines evident in all of the tracks. There are great effects, and a dynamite vocal track. There are some sweet guitar licks going on amid all of the goings on, and the guitar solo rocks. Listen for the cool changes, and the Floyd like laughter.

 

 

 

While there is no album to stream or purchase, keep an ear on Pink Lizards. I anticipate great things from this trio. In the meantime, check out their music on Soundcloud, and visit their facebook page.

 

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