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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eller Soul Records artist: Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind - Approved By Snakes - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Approved By Snakes, by Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind and it's quite good. Opening with My True Love Is A Dope Whore, a salty, stinky, slinky, funky track with tight instrumentals and intelligent, sassy vocals (think Jim Morrison meets Frank Zappa or Klaus Doldinger's Passport meets Peter Wolf). Andy Kurz lays down a sweaty bass line and Ricci blows great harp over frantic guitars by John Lisi and Sam Hotchkiss and solid drums by Adam Baumol....what an opener! With a more "contemporary", maybe Chili Peppers influenced, Something Just Arrived, the band is a bit more contained but by no means tame. This band is rocking but and taking names. Bluesy and theatrical, Broken Toy, follows a more conventional road but Ricci's vocals warp the senses and his harp playing is sensational, paired squarely with wild guitar. Very cool. Kurz sets up a really nice bass line to open Eddie Harris' Listen Here. This track  exceeds 10 minutes and is an exceptional jam featuring a really nice solos by the band members. Excellent!  Terrors Of Nightlife features almost country like vocals and cool electric slide work over a quiet bottom and finely crafted harp soloing. With a loosely funky attack, I'm Too Strong For You, bounces in and the music rolls out...big time. A great funky guitar solo backing Ricci's crafty vocals and solid harp work makes this track one of my favorites on the release. A funky jazz number, Disconnect, showcases harp and guitar runs further "jacking you up" in a good way. Wrapping the release is 515, which hovers like a cloud, just waiting for the lightning to strike. With it's funky bass line and rhythm guitar, Hotchkiss lays out frantic guitar solos and Ricci pulls him back with his harp, only to reel him out again with Jim Morrison like vocals. This band is in your face good. It may not be what you are expecting...but you need to open your ears. This shit is hot!

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