CD REVIEW: Miss Grizzly - Self Titled (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic B&B Rock, Jam Band
Miss Grizzly may be a fairly formal title for a quartet of hard rocking dudes, but the music they create is nevertheless high class all the way. Band consists of Marshal Jaeger (vocals), Chan Ly (drums), Nathan Clark (bass), and Clemens Beck (guitar) believe that when it comes to making music, variety is key. Citing influences such as Hendrix, SRV, Tool, Foo Fighters, Coheed and Cambria, Muse, Raconteurs, Led Zeppelin, Nine Inch Nails, and Black Sabbath, it’s no surprise that Miss Grizzly’s first effort, a self titled EP released in June 2013, confirms their dedicated rock heritage. Moving forward, Miss Grizzly’s focus continues to be crafting groovy rock n' roll as they evolve both as musicians and a band. They continue to perform around Calgary and western Canada and plans are set forth to record a full length in 2014. The band blends various rock & Roll styles that span from the past 4 decades to form their own signature sound that resembles what would be the musical offspring of Bad Company and the Foo Fighters.
The CD kicks lifts off the ground nicely with “3 AM” a slamming intro piece that serves up rocked out groove against effective vocals, heavy guitar riff action, amazing solo guitar action against soulful melody from Kennedy. Track 2 “Find a Way” keeps thing moving in the right direction with heartfelt vocal delivery from Jaeger against steady flowing rhythm section, against slamming rhythm guitar making for an impressive follow up statement. Track 3 “Freddy” is another impressive groove that dishes out methodical intro, and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. The EP makes a great first impression dashing out 3 amazing songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. I would classify this music as classic R&B, Americana, with brief touches of psychedelic Pop Rock of the early 70’s Rock n’ Roll. Music is reminiscent of classic Live, Aerosmith, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains Aerosmith, Peter Framption, Red Rider with brief splashes of Foo Fighters. Along the way besides power trio standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, well placed rhythm guitar, lush harmonies layered everywhere all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of writing and rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to singer Jaeger - as for his vocal abilities he’s amazing and has an appealing baritone! His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that is simply infectious. He's got vocal mojo and a solid rock vibrato. I suspect some of his vocal influences are – Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) and even Daniel Johns (Silverchair). I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. Beck is an amazing guitarist either. I really like his soulful guitar solos and R&B style playing. All guitar solos are amazing and hot to the touch. Jaeger is the quintessential rock star and is clearly the marquee talent within this band. If he wrote all these songs he could be bigger than any of us realize at the moment. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. All engineering aspects check out. CD possess thick low end frequencies and crystal clear high end clarity. This EP from Miss Grizzly delivers 5 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. The music of Miss Grizzly has everything you would expect from a rocking musical production. From dynamic and grooving “Go” to rocking “Roundhouse” the perfect finale statement for an DP like this this EP has something for just about everyone. ”
I don’t care for the snare drum tonality. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I don't get the band name or cover art concept. I Typically deduct 1 start for EP releases. The full length CD release is the best and most compete snapshot to judge an artists by at any given point in time.
From start to finish this latest EP by Miss Grizzly is an amazing collection of music. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this fully loaded catalog. The writing and playing abilities of this 4 piece and is rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical content is packed with luscious tidbits of good old fashioned Blues, Rock n' Roll and Alternative Rock layered along the way. Finally the vocal presence of Marshal Jaeger and the guitar work from Clemens Beck are to die for. Be sure to check out Miss Grizzly website linked above.