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Beasto Blanco - We Are

Beasto Blanco
We Are
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 07 June 2019, 10:47 AM

Chris “Brother” Latham is a consummate musician whose dexterous guitar artistry weaves rich orchestral frameworks for the band’s intricate arrangements. A native Alaskan, he recalls that the first musician he met when he arrived in Los Angeles was Chuck Garric. This bond became a band when they co-founded BEASTO BLANCO in 2012. Chuck has been touring the world with Alice Cooper as his main bass player. The original plan when creating this band was to shell out new material and do something on his own and he felt that something was missing, that’s when he contacted Calico, Calico Cooper, that is! Yes, the same Cooper last name than a certain Alice Cooper! Calico (Alice’s beautiful daughter) has been part of Alice’s stage show for the last decade or so and doing so many characters on stage, she is the glue that makes those shows so much fun persay.

Chuck Garric wanted her to do to background vocals for his new band and she jumped on the occasion. She actually has a very nice voice and a whole lot of power. Her stage presence (check their YouTube videos) is incredible and the apple does not fall far from the tree. She began being more than a bit part and is the co-vocalist of this band. They are the quintessential Rock Band, a lot of old school influences but you got that raw energy from bands like WHITE ZOMBIE and MOTORHEAD. Calico has a lot of her dad in her and props on that "Feed My Frankenstein’’ cover on the previous album that was spot on. The maturity of the band is impressive, from one album to an other, they seem to gel more and more. The chemistry is obviously there and touring with bands like HALESTORM helps them out a lot. They have great (and big) crowds throughout the United States and they seem to be doing nice for themselves.

The band is nothing out of the ordinary, it’s hard rock with an edge, dual vocalists that do a splendid job. The production of the album was really really good and they seem to have taken their time to deliver quality material. They are not gonna reinvent the wheel with their sound but it’s highly enjoyable hard rock. It’s MOTLEY CRUE meets WHITE ZOMBIE meets the Heavy Metal period of ALICE COOPER back in the 2000’s. It’s a mix bag and if you like HALESTORM, you are going to live this band for sure.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Seeker
2. Solitary Rave
3. Ready to Go
4. Down
5. Perception of Me
6. Let’s Rip
7. Half Life
8. We Got This
9. Follow the Bleed
10. I See You In It
11. Halcyon
Lineup:
Chuck Garric  – Vocals and Guitar
Calico Cooper – Vocals
Brother Latham – Lead Guitars
Jan LeGrow - Bass
Sean Sellers – Drums
Record Label: Rat Pak Records
     


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Edited 15 October 2019
 

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