CD REVIEW: The Great Socio - Find the Time (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: The Great Socio
CD: Find the Time (EP)
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Sounds Like: Weezer, Fishbone, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, The Toadies to Tool.
Technical Grade: 7/10
Weakness: A few winded songs, more solo segments, EP release
Formed in 2010, The Great SOCIO is a four-piece Alternative/Groove/Rock band from the Philadelphia region. Their socio-sound is built of crushing bass/ drum rhythms, poetic lyrics and a wide array of custom synth tones. Their dedicated front-man dons a top hat - mustache combo like no other. His passion for entertaining and wooing every crowd parallels their biggest influences like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors and Rage Against the Machine. With a growing reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the Philadelphia area, The Great SOCIO questions tradition and offers listeners a glimpse into the future of Rock 'n' Roll Music. Their latest 6 track EP is entitled “Find the Time” and was released in 2014. Band Members include: Berto Muñoz: Singer, Trumpeter; Monty: Organ and Synths; Craig Stenger: Bass, Lyrics; Drew Bernier: Drums
The CD kicks things off with well with “The World’s Age” a slamming psychedelic rock groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar/organ driven vibe with heartfelt vocals from Munoz that takes no prisoners. Track 2 “Criminals” shifts gears a bit serving up a rocking full throttle follow-up statement that serves up sonic musical intro that flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition with methodical musical build, compelling lyrical content meshed against catchy keyboard and guitar ambience. Track 3 “Let Go” keeps things rocking with its mesmerizing guitar riffs, catchy horns and off the charts musical intensity. As this EP quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Weezer, Fishbone, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, The Toadies and even Mr. Bungle. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven psychedelic alt-rock CD. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are gritty but 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-Hard-Rock aftertaste. The vocal style from Muñoz 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 with a few psychedelic keyboard accents, low end synthesizer and spaced out sound effects, horns and Organ accents layered here and there. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From hypnotic “Paradise” to rocking “Anything Everything” this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 6 “Vultures” the perfect finale statement for an EP like this.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I wish there were more solo guitar segments throughout. I typically deduct 1 start for EP releases. The full length release is the most complete snapshot to judge an artists by at any given point in time.
This latest EP teaser from 4 pice The Great Socio entitled “Find the Time” 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 Philadelphia. The music is dirty, rock solid, heavy and consistent and all about some cool subject matter. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD 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. What am I trying to say? The Great Socio rock!