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The Electric Mess - The Electric Mess V

The Electric Mess
The Electric Mess V
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 11 March 2020, 6:18 AM

There are occasions that the readers could think if all the scene had enter into a time machine to go back to the past. This is because an unbelievable number of bands trying to make the music of the 70’s and 80’s. The main difficulty about doing such thing is to create something different that is already done. Sorry, but people don’t need a new “Led Zeppelin Vol V”, “Paranoid”, “In Rock” or “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, because they already exist, and the phrase that ‘we are keeping the heritage of the past’ is just a fallacy. Obviously that it doesn’t mean that there aren’t good Old School music bands today, but a greater part has nothing to say that could be useful. And besides the work from North American quintet THE ELECTRIC MESS isn’t bad, “The Electric Mass V” is just for those that don’t know the past.

They’re a band totally into the old Garage Rock from the 60’s and 70’s, pulsing with all that lysergic elements that make our parents and grandparents shake their bones into dancing. But it sounds as a band from the past, without any contribution to make something new, something that can add a brick on the Rock ‘n’ Roll wall. The band is talented, have potential to be great, but for now, sounds like a lot of those names of the past that just followed the leaders, without menacing them. The sound quality is fine. It seems that the ones behind the sound desk thought about that some modern aesthetics could help their musical work, giving a good embodiment to their songs, so the psychedelic approach resides solely on the musical structures of the band, and not in the sound (beside the use of old fashioned tunes gives a organic feeling to the album).

The band lacks of more creativeness in their music, because good ideas can be heard scattered on all the songs, as can be heard on “Too Far” (a frantic Old School Garage Rock, but it reminds a lot something that BLUE ÖYSTER CULT did on the 70’s), the Bluesy feeling of “Last Call”, the catchy accessible melodies of “Cesspool” (with some Punk Rock influences in some points), the dirty melodic grasp of “Speed of Light” and of “Strange Words”, but it’s extremely similar of what already exists in a way that sounds near of being a carbon copy. And it’s not fair with their potential.

They’re not a bad band, but THE ELECTRIC MESS must improve, because if they want to face the giants of this genre face to face, it demands efforts to be yourself, what “The Electric Mess V” fails to prove.

Musicianship: 8
Songwriting: 3
Memorability: 4
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Too Far
2. Bad Man
3. Last Call
4. Cesspool
5. City Sun
6. Speed of Light
7. Laserbrain
8. Before the World Blows Up
9. Strange Words
10. After the Money’s Gone
Esther Crow - Vocals
Oweinama Biu - Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dan Crow - Guitars
Derek Davidson - Bass, Vocals
Alan J. Camlet - Drums
Record Label: Soundflat Records


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