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Friday, June 27, 2014

Pinnick Gales Pridgen - PGP 2

Since I was blown away by Pinnick Gales Pridgen’s sole self-titled debut album last year by the good people from Magna Carta Records, I could never know what to expect from this amazing supergroup trio to see what they would have next up their sleeves for the road of theirs to come. Well, this year, they are back again and this time, they have finally unleashed the cage for the follow up to their debut and let me just say that it is a heart stopping, mellowing, and mind-blowing albums that the trio have unleashed in 2014.

PGP 2 is the moment where dUg Pinnick (King’s X), Eric Gales (The Eric Gales Band), and Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies), all three of them went back into the studio and returned where they left off from their debut and give it a dosage of more of the heavier sounds of; Psychedelic Soul, ‘70s Funk, Hard Rock, and Heavy Blues.  And they really have brought more of the compositions onto the table and having a complete blast by really going back into town again while embracing eight centerpieces on here.

Songs like Have You Cried? Begins with gospel-like choir vocals between Pinnick and Gales to find what happens when your love has gone wrong before they go into the shuffling roaring rock thanks to Eric Gales thunderous guitar introduction and he, Pinnick, and Pridgen go into town with some soulful heaviness to the core. It is haunting, emotional, raw, and in your face on how you can help stop being a selfish jerk and bring the love back into the light.

Psychofunkadelic Blues is eruptive yet an explosive track to see the trio get into work. There are some elements of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s vibe of Hendrix, Cream, and Sabbath’s Master of Reality-era rolled up in there as one and it really shows them they have a lot of electrical voltage coming out of the speakers and they are into town by blistering your ears into a mind-blowing perception that the solos and Pridgen’s drumming just goes into jaw-dropping momentum.

Elsewhere the opening tracks, Every Step of the Way and It’s Not My Time To Die is Eric Gales guitar style both rhythm and lead along with his riffs as Dug just nails his vocals on being there when you feel that you are waiting for that miracle along with the vocal harmonization’s between the two of them are just astonishing. And Eric himself, challenges his style of playing it the mind of Tony Iommi and of course Hendrix himself with some ominous touches on the second track and its emotional, but strong as it deals with how can I survive without sacrificing myself because this is not the right time to do it.

Then, they lay down the Soul-Funk-Rock groove that almost has this dance-like rhythm section sounds with the alternative rock vibe on Like You Used to Do while Gales come back into the circuit on two pieces. Ladonna is very much of an ambient-like lukewarm morning sunrise for it to come up as Gales just pours his heart out on his solo for 53 seconds that is almost like something straight out of the sessions for Axis: Bold as Love before seguing into the corruption and learning that paying back is now the time with the throttling I Ain’t Got No Money as the closing instrumental track, Jambiance is the band getting a chance to have a relaxation.

Beginning with Guitar, Bass, the hi-hat, it goes into a spacey voyage with some moody and edgier guitar lines along with Pinnick’s bass and smooth drum work as they take their rocket ship into another universe with some energetic results. At times, its Soul mixed in with some Space Rock, but it is a perfect way to close the album off.

Pinnick Gales Pridgen are for me, one of the most amazing supergroup’s I have listened to. And their follow up, is like a flaming fire that won’t burn away. So if you are ready for another adventure of the trio, fasten your seatbelts, because it is going to be a roller-coaster ride that you will never forget the moment you put it on from beginning, middle, and right into the very end.

Here is the band performing Every Step of the Way off their second album .

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