Pinnick Gales Pridgen Review

Pinnick Gales Pridgen Review by Scott Thomas

Magna Carta Records

Release: 12 February 2013

Another CD Review so soon you ask? Fuhgeddaboudit !!! I have been inundated with so much good music lately that I just can't stop writing. I was sent the digital music from Magna Cartar Records for the NEW Pinnick Gales Pridgen Record and after the first listen I’m blown away and thunderstruck. 

Pinnick Gales Pridgen is:

dUg Pinnick (King's X), Thomas Pridgen (ex-The Mars Volta), Eric Gales (Eric Gales Band, Lauryn Hill)

I'm totally dig'n the Vibe on this first track "Collateral Damage". It has commercial appeal too. You can hear the Pinnick influence in the song writing and of course Eric Gale's guitar solo captures the essence and soul of the overall sound. Both Pinnick's and Eric Gales’ vocals work well together in the harmonies and chorus line. This tune rides high on the waves of stirring blood-tingling rock.  

Composed of King's X's bassist/vocalist dUg Pinnick of the progressive metal band King's X, southpaw blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales (Lauryn Hill, solo) and ambitious ambidextrous drummer and former Mars Volta member, Thomas Pridgen, PGP unites three versatile artists, who demand, as much as share, the musical spotlight. 

"Angels and Aliens"... Now what do we have here? This is a tripping jaunt through some progressive riff rock. This has a late 60’s early 70's sensation going on in the mix. There are a few changes in the song's structures with extended chorus lines giving you that progressive rock feel in the music. The drumming on this track is very live sounding and keeps the music dynamic and exciting. Everything is fresh and riveting at times. 

On the band's debut, each member of PGP infuses the material with his own set of musical influences, transforming his individual instrument into a lead instrument. The absolutely slamming musicianship frames the recognizable melodies of these songs and catapults the music into the realms of psychedelic blues, hard rock, and progressive soul/R&B. 

Now this is a nice little musical pearl... Eric playing a nice feel good guitar instrumental named "Jasmine". Sweeeeet !!! 

I think we have a 'Hit' with this cut "Hang On, Big Brother". Talk about a home run... The tune's angry mean riff says it all even before one word is sang. And then when they add the words to the verse and catchy chorus-line, the music becomes bigger than life. This music has that early Vietnam protest song-vibe to it as the likes of band The Experience with Jimi Hendrix, or the Isley Brothers on steroids. Gales has that early Ernie Isley style with his usage of the wah-effects pedal in his lead solos. Again, these talented musicians sound like they are truly having a good time creating this inspiring music. You can just feel the energy, intensity, liveliness, and lastly sonic power that the music is putting out there. 

"This record is three guys, with music in us, who said, 'Let's go for it,'" says Pinnick. "It was built upon raw energy."

"Wishing Well" is a hippy infested jam that’s so groovy with Mitch Mitchell-esque drumming as with the next tune "Hate Crime".  The music makes me want to get up and do that cat women dance from those days of peace and love. 

"Lascivious" is a real heavy number. You can feel the dark melancholy hypnotizing nature of this track. The percussion is just relentless. These guys know how to “get it on” when it comes to feeling the music. 

The story telling "Black Jeans" is a dynamic tune with a sad, rageful, electrified folk rock sound to it. For some reason, the tune "House of the Rising Sun" comes to mind here. And then this next tune "Sunshine of Your Love"  is spot on. They all each respectfully captured that early "Cream" spirit. The masterful drumming and the perfect vintage amp tones make this another one of my favorites. The vocals are very soulful and laid back.

Produced by Mike Varney, "Pinnick Gales Pridgen" contains all the stinging bite and all-out sonic boom of King's X, The Mars Volta and The Eric Gales Band. In addition, fans of artists as far ranging as Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Living Colour,  Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tool, The Who, Stevie Wonder and Liquid Tension Experiment might find something meaningful in these meaty, extended tracks. 

The rest of this fine collection of hip retro-rock follows through as with the first half. You get some deep blues with "Been So High" and the foot tapping lush-chorded, spectra-colored song "Me and You". The second to the last song "The Greatest Love" has a macabre sense to it. The vocals by the Dug and Eric are mixed very well and the production here is immaculate. The music has this creepy kind of eye-spy theme to it. Like there is a dreadful omen in the air.

"Frightening" closes the CD with a lament towards being alone and that it must be frightening. The music takes you on a nice little journey and all the while Brother Eric Gale's guitar sings back with those fearsome blues. 

Parting Shot Across the Bow: Spectacular heavy riffin’ and stunning rock album... This record grooves!

dUg Pinnick (Bass - King's X), Eric Gales (Guitar - Eric Gales Band) and Thomas Pridgen (Drums - ex-Mars Volta) met and played together for the first time in the summer of 2012. The results were explosive as this new supergroup created a blend of Blues, Metal, Psychedelia with influences from Cream, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Audioslave, Tool, Living Colour and Soundgarden. Their new album "Pinnick Gales Pridgen" will be released February 12, 2013 on Magna Carta.

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