Bongo Boy Records – ‘Raw and Reckless Rock Band Volume Two’

Rezmanian Devils Society starts things off with a true blast on the driving “Devil Of Love”. Vocals swim through the vast riffs that dominate the track. Best of all is the infectious groove which taps into the best of hard rock.

A tense taut rhythm anchors the blur of Troy Tipton’s “Never”. Within the powerful exterior is a tender love ballad resting deep in the heart of the track’s DNA. Quite muscular in nature the song builds up more and more over the song’s duration.

Bluesy with a western twang, Wayne Olivieri’s “I Am A Music Man” has a classic rock quality to it. Passionate vocal delivery adds to the sun-scorched appeal. Lyrics reveal a carefully crafted narrative that moves the song forward with such ease.

With a physical approach to percussion is the AC/DC reminiscent style of Gar Francis’ “Tell The Truth”. Insistent guitar work propels the song, as it moves at a breakneck pace. Layer upon layer of sound interact to create something that feels vibrant.

Unfurling with such majesty is Charles Brown’s nostalgia tinged “Explorer Of Life”. Though not a word is spoken, a journey is mapped out by the expressive intermingling of synthesizer and guitar into a singular whole. Most impressive of all is the intense guitar work that serves as a stand-in for a singer.

The Corridors sculpt a moody thoughtful world with the reflective “End Of The Times”. Spacious in scope the vocals expand out into the infinite. Reflection helps to fully flesh out the emotive lyricism.

Ramshackle beats with a hint of lo-fi come into the fray on Lon Michaels’ fried style of “Tell Me There’s No God”. Nearly hypnotic the way the vocals come together, the song has a meditative cyclical quality to it. By keeping this intense physicality, the song becomes a true stunner.

Powerful and potent in its insistent tempo is the bombastic work of Bruce Lev’s “20th Century Man”. Guitar solos scream across the track adding to its wild unhinged presence. Grooves unspool out with such ease.

DJ Buddy Holly infuses grunge and shoegaze into a dreamy whole with “Keep Spinning”. Featuring a dazed quality to the work, the song’s surreal elements are slowly developed over the course of the track. Lyrics add to the captivatingly playful tone.

Reggae adds to the laid-back groove of Ricky Persaud Jr.’s “Goodbye 16”. Mellow guitar and a relaxed bass line adds to the song’s chilled atmosphere. With this track, Ricky Persaud Jr. reflects upon losing youth.

Furious in its temperament is Raftree’s confrontational “All The Time”. Vocals feel reminiscent of Mike Patton’s stellar work with Mr. Bungle. Remaining elastic the song veers from hard rock to funk to pop with such ease.

Determination pours out of Gar Francis’ “If You Love Me”. Affectionate to its very core the song has a summery, radiant glow to it. Percussion rests front and center as the rest of the song stems from it.

Childlike wonder and a warm inviting sound inform Inches from Sin’s “Heartbroken”. Jazz-like guitar gesture as time appear to reference early Steely Dan work. Gradually the entire thing powers through with such grace.

Things are stripped down to the essentials on Chichahominy Vibe’s timeless “#Bitter”. Hard to properly pin down the song has a sense of intimacy to it. Appearing to neatly document the world around them, the group shows off their keen powers of observation.

Lon Michaels opts for a garage rock style with “Anastasia”. Vocals sing up to the heavens while the song builds itself into a fury. Deeply consistent, the song ends the collection on a reflective note.


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