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EP REVIEW: What Would Iggy Do - Bloody Good Time

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"wow - this band grooves"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

 

 

Artist/Band: What Would Iggy Do

Album: Bloody Good Time
Label: Independent Artist
Website: http://soundcloud.com/domkellymusic/what-would-iggy-do-full-mix-1

Genre: Classic Rock n Roll, Blues/Rock, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Rolling Stones, The Black Crows even Grand Funk to Thin Lizzy

Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: What Would Iggy Do, Naked Mojo

Weakness:  EP Release

CD REVIEW:

“What Would Iggy Do” is a Punk Rock band from California. Members include: Dominic Kelly (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar), Derek Schanche (lead guitar), Dan Naim (Keyboards). Their latest EP entitled Bloody Good Time contains 6 tracks and was released in 2013.

The EP kicks gets off the ground nicely with the title track an impressive intro groove that serves up slamming blues rock groove against dynamic rhythm, walking bass lines, effective harmonies and soulful melody from Kelly. Track 2 “What Would Iggy do” keeps things moving in the right direction with slamming vocal delivery from Kelly with steady flowing guitar grooves against hooky verses and a grand slam chorus making for an impressive follow up piece. Track 3 “Wild World” is an impressive cover (Cat Stevens) that works surprisingly well note for note and flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. The CD 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 Rock of the retro 70’s Rock. Music is reminiscent of classic Rolling Stones, Four Non Blondes, i with brief splashes of The Black Crows even Grand Funk to Thin Lizzy. Along the way besides the four piece standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, and lush harmonies and sonic vocal ambience layered everywhere. 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. Let me say that again - Wow - this band grooves! Now turning our attention over to singer Kelly - as for his vocal abilities well – he’s amazing! His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that is simply infectious reminiscent of a modern day Mick Jagger. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. Honorable mentions go out to the impressive solo guitar touches from Schanche. This EP from What Would Iggy Do delivers 6 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety and diversity. From psychedelic “Naked Mojo” to rocking “Win or Presih” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 6 “Bloody Good Time (club mix) the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.   

I typically don’t give 10 star ratings out to EP’s. The full length releases is a more complete musical snapshot in which to judge an artists by at any given time.

From start to finish Bloody Good Time” is an amazing collection of music from What Would Iggy Do. 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 entire EP. The writing and playing abilities of this 3 piece and is rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old fashioned no holds barred Rock n’ Roll Swagger – with a side of UK Invasion thrown in.  

Cyrus Rhodes

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