EP REVIEW: Soul Ground - Six Shooter EP
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock
Sounds Like: The Doors, The Cult, The Toadies, Foo Fighters
Weakness: Engineering Aspects (Recording, Mixing, Mastering), Winded Songs, EP Release
Soul Ground is an American Rock band from Queens, New York formed in 2009. Band members include: Tarun Dey (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Neil Yager (Vocals, Guitar), Steve Huang (Drums), and Chris Cullen (Bass). Their latest 6 song EP is called Six Shooter.
The EP kicks things off with “Mission Creep” a slamming psychedelic rock groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against impressive solo guitar and heartfelt vocals from Dey that takes no prisoners. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with “Koko Sass” a melodic follow-up piece that serves up impressive Psychedelic ambience, thought provoking lyrical content against a grand slam chorus. Track 3 “The Wanderer” keeps things moving with its melodic guitar ambience, methodical musical build that flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from The Who, The Cult, The Toadies, and Foo Fighters with perhaps a dash of The White Stripes. They also remind me of a modern day rocked out version of Doors. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven hard rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals from Dey are amazing, gritty and are deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock aftertaste here. Dey’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. From heartfelt “Demons”, to grooving “Leaving the Outside” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 6 “After Thoughts” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
This is not the greatest mix I’ve ever heard. Though barely adequate lacks modern day marketability with respect to solid low end frequency and crystal clear high end clarity. It’s just sounds weird and all over the place. This becomes more and more evident on really high end stereo systems and loud speakers. Looking now at the liner notes it says the CD was engineered by Tarun Dey. For future works I would strongly recommend Dey hire 3 separate engineers (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) to Engineer the music. The perspective 3 separate engineers this will give the production cannot be overstated. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I also typically deduct one star for EP Releases. The Full Length release is a much more complete snapshot of what an artists is capable of at any given time.
This latest EP teaser from "Soul Ground” is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live in the back clubs of Queens. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this EP packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out.