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Friday, March 17, 2017

Lazyeye - Pocket The Black - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Pocket the Black, by Lazyeye and it's cool. Opening with Keepin' From Lovin', a Latin influenced blues rocker, Evan Whetter on vocal and organ lead the way with smart guitar riffs by Erica Graf and snappy drumming by Mario Marino. Title track, Pocket The Black, has a smooth shuffle pace with a cool blues riffs by Graf. It's cool to hear beefy organ work by Whetter which gives the band it's own signature. On Texas style shuffle, Back The Way They Came, Graf really digs in on the strings blowing your hair back and Whetter's vocals are smooth and well balanced with his organ work. Sassy, Mucho Jalaoeno, has a cool 60's retro Latina beat. With Whetter and Graf playing together on the melody,and Marino creating the back beat this track is hot. Whetter takes the first run with a flowing derivative of the melody on keys. Graf gets the second shot and parlays it into a really nice showcase for her style. Shack O' Mine has a distinctive rhythm pattern, say Bo Diddley beat with each player getting their shot at fronting the band. Very cool piece to get the crowd revved up.  Winding out a smooth slow blues, Graf and Whetter grind out the blues in technicolor. With rich guitar riffs and warm organ soloing, this track really hits the spot. One clean blues rocker, Treat Your Lover Right is straight up with a simple basic blues vamp on guitar, brushes on drum and Whetter blowing a nice harp. Wrapping the release is Swing For Marz, a cool, jazz based boogie. With Whetter leading the way with adventurous organ work and tight bottom by Marino this track sings. Graf gets her shot to plug in her own jazzy riffs and does so like a pro, stamped nicely by strong drum work by Marino. Strong closer to a cool release.


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