CD REVIEW: Vayizaku - We’ll Always Remember
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"rocked out passion"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
CD: We’ll Always Remember
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock, Melodic Punk
Sounds Like: Radiohead, Green Day, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: A few winded songs, over the top solo guitar
Vayizaku is a punk rock band based out of New Jersey. Vayizaku (pronounced "vah-yee-zah-koo") means "to call out" in Hebrew, and this is exactly what the solo-project-turned-band aims to do. Their latest release entitled We’ll Always Remember is a 42-minute LP featuring 13 blistering tracks of punk-rock riffage sprinkled with pop sensibilities and political awareness. Band members include: Albert Kahn (vocals, Guitar, Piano) and Coray Selfert (Bass)
The CD kicks things off with “Cool Bus” a rocking intro piece that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with its driving rock rhythm, melodic rhythm guitar and hypnotic vocal vibe from Kahn. Track 2 “Reform” is an upbeat follow up piece that serves up methodical intro eventually lending itself into an addictive rock groove against rocked out and hooky guitar groove and thought provoking lyrical content. Track 3 the title track “Electric Gravity” keeps things moving in the right direction with its infectious melody thus becoming a power ballad of sorts with lyrics and subject matter that is thought provoking and vocals that are heartfelt. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 impressive songs in a row. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of such acts like Radiohead, Green Day, The White Stripes, and Modest Mouse. For the record Vayizaku's sound is as bit challenging to pigeonhole. The music itself is an impressive blend of progressive rock and even has a progressive aftertaste that is extremely dynamic and melodic in nature. Kahns’s voice goes down smooth and is full of passion, reckless abandon and bold honesty. The musicianship from this band is top flight with impressive solo guitar work and a rhythm section that push the natural accents well. The songs themselves are extremely dynamic and highly melodic. The vocal hooks are masterful and effective. Each song possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. From the heartfelt title track, to rocking Someone get me a Delorean, to earthy “Soldier On” to melodic “In the Year 2000” to dynamic My Jubilee” and “My Hope” to hooky “Radio Rabid” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 “Hit and Run” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Some of the solo guitar segments are a bit repetitive and come across as over the top their excessive speed picking and lack creativity and technicality. I'm not a big fan of the cover art .
Overall We’ll Always Remember Vayizaku is a very consistent and entertaining catalogue of music. It’s strong suit – the amazing amount of melody, originality and rocked out passion Albert Kahn brings to the table. The songwriting is world class and the messages are passionate and powerful. Indeed Albert Kahn is a driven-marquee artist and is clearly a mastermind behind all this.