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The Boy from the Crowd

Where the Bees Come to Die

Review by Gary Hill

Hard rock, punk, electronic music and more merge on this new release. I’m reminded at various times of things ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Public Image to The Prodigy. Overall, this is quite a successful release. It should be noted that I reviewed the opening song as a single previously. For the sake of consistency, the song review here has been adapted from that review.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2015  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Revelator
The guitar sound that opens this (and takes it again mid track) makes me think of Jimi Hendrix. As it works out to the song proper, though, this feels almost like a funky version of The Prodigy. A big part of that comes from the vocals which also remind of me of Johnny Lydon in PIL. There is a cool groove to this, almost classic rock in nature, though. It has some really cool retro musical textures in a lot of way. Yet that vocal arrangement lends a more modern sound. This is good stuff.
All I Need

The guitar riff that starts this feels like the MC-5. As it drops back a bit for the first vocals, there is a real psychedelia meets garage band sound. That PIL thing is still present here, too, though. This also includes some of that funk. This things gets pretty crazed as it continues. It seems to be part punk rock, part art rock and all cool.

The Road

Imagine combining Bob Dylan with the sounds of the last track. You’d find yourself pretty close to this thing. It’s quite punky, but also has plenty of psychedlia and electric folk in the mix. It’s another killer track. In fact, it might even be my favorite here.

Where the Bees Come to Die
This instrumental is more melodic. It really has a classic sound, like the 1960s psychedelic garage sound. It’s a great cut and quite a nice touch.
All I Need (Radio Edit)

This edited version of the previous cut is screaming hot.

 
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