Reviews roundup – Pyramids On Mars vs. Sumo Cyco vs. Daryl Hall & John Oates vs. Vinyl Floor vs. Steve Coyne Conspiracy
PYRAMIDS ON MARS
Pyramids On Mars
Not theOzric Tentacles offshoot featuring the late Roly Wynn, this Pyramids On Mars is a project from one Kevin Estrella.
And he’s an instrumental guitarist who cites his biggest influence as Joe Satriani. And there is a fair whack of Joe in here, but Mr Estrella also looks into the world of prog and psych for his sounds, resulting in a full sounding release, with lots to commend it.
It’s his Rush and Pink Floyd roots that show through on a lot of the music here, and if a mix of those keyboard sounds and shred takes your fancy, then you really ought to give this a go.
This has been doing the rounds for a couple of years, but has only just passed across my desk. Regardless, it’s an excellent introduction to his music.
Lost In Cyco City
And now it’s time for some Canadian pop / punk. Which may surprise some of the residents of the Canuckian colonies who remember vocalist Sever as Skye Sweetnam. Once upon a time she was a teen pop singer with a major deal and an opening slot on a Britney Spears tour.
But that was then, and this is now, with Sumo Cyco getting together about 4 years back, leading to this debut album. And it’s really quite enjoyable as they rattle through an array of tunes which will make Offspring and Sum 41 fans feel quite nostalgic.
They also through in a few industrial influences in the vein of White Zombie, and with the strong vocals of Sever to the fore, they know how to make an almighty racket. There is no faffing around as they aim for the jugular on tunes like ‘Fighter’ and ‘The Ugly’, ending up as a name to watch out for.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
Live In Dublin DVD
More years, nay decades, ago than I care to remember, I saw Hall & Oates live. They were great. Not that I could tell anyone, what with the whiskers and tats, but we’re all a lot older now, and care a lot less.
Strange to relate, out of the three of us, it’s John Oates who ended up the good looking one, but age has not withered their chops, as the duo turn back the years on an excellent set. Of course, when you’ve had as many great songs as them, it’s hard to blow it. And they don’t.
Despite performing for more than forty years, they’d never played a concert together in Dublin until July 15 last year when they turned up at the Olympia for this show. And it was worth the wait as they wheel out the likes of ‘Maneater’, ‘Out Of Touch’, ‘Sara Smile’ and a myriad of others. Granted, they’re not the most visual of bands, but it’s all about the music (man).
15 great tracks and an interview with Daryl Hall and John Oates make this a must have for fans.
Off to Denmark now for some indie / alt-rock, and it’s the latest release from Vinyl Floor who made some waves with their debut record, “Peninsula”.
And for a moment there I thought they’d turned into a glam rock band as they rattle through the opening ‘Change The Song. But it wasn’t to be, as thereafter they head firmly back into an eighties world of Dinosaur Jr and the Pixies.
So if that is your thing, then you will really like this, because they know how to play. Sometimes they go off on a tangent, as they do on ‘Castles’, and things become a lot more interesting, and towards the end they seem to be taking an increasing interest in electronics, which actually bodes well for whatever come next.
STEVE COYNE CONSPIRACY
Feelings Of Euphoria
And finally for today we’re heading back into the world of shred. But there is no mucking around with Mr Coyne, as he rarely deviates from a world forged by the likes Tony MacAlpine, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
So you know exactly what you’re going to get across the ten tracks on offer. Although, be warned shred fans, the opening ‘Funk You Very Much’ does exactly what it says on the tin. Well, he does admit to a love of Tower Of Power in amongst the usual suspects.
He’s brought together some very talented musicians on this offering, and there isn’t a technical flaw to be found. Best for me was ‘Tongue Lashing’ and the lenghty ‘Circadian Rhythms’ where everything just falls into place.