Thursday, January 17, 2013

Music Reviews: Ulysses Cannon - "Ulysses Cannon"

Ulysses Cannon play rock n roll with some real dirty blues mixed in for the hell of it. When I was contacted by the band for a review, I was a little put off by the name. I know, you can't judge a book by it's cover or crazy band name...but DAMN, was I surprised when I heard this 6 song self titled EP. It's full of soul and passion. It just oozes with heart and soul.

Kicking things off is "Self-Induced Coma" with it's harmonica, tapping drums and light chord strum, it's easy to see this band was born to boogie. It quickly gains speed and power with amazing guitar riffs and rough and tumble vocals. Man, it's been a while since I've heard good old dirty blues like this. It'll get you out of your chair shaking your money maker in no time!

The band, Mathew Stone (vocals/rhythm guitar/keys), Hiro Suzuki (lead/slide guitar), Chris Lavas (bass) and Matt Olley(drums), not only bring the blues to an explosive climax, they also have a soft side. And they show that on "Holding On". This amazing boogie woogie jam about working hard to make a better life for yourself...this just SCREAMS Black Crowes, which I think is just fine! I love the Crowes and I LOVE what UC does here. It's a song full of promise. It's just a beautiful song that you have to hear for yourself...don't take my word for it. Nothing I will say can do this tune justice.

"She's In Control" is a bad ass blues jam complete with bottle neck slide and a South Side attitude. The blues drips off this track like in mass quantities. This is modern day blues that make me happy to be a blues fan. It's definitely a modern day spin on a classic style. It's part Muddy Waters, part early Almond Brothers, beefed up with ALL attitude! Damn right these New Yorkers got them blues hot and heavy.

To say this band caught me off guard is being kind. This band knocked my socks off with their style, passion, power and intensity! Don't let the name fool ya...this IS the real deal! These 6 songs are just a teaser of what greatness is waiting up ahead. I see nothing but big things coming for this band.
Go to the bands Bandcamp page and download the EP for free. Trust me when I say, if the keep putting out quality music like this, you won't be getting it free for much longer!

4 ½ / 5 stars


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