One of the best things about the International Pop Overthrow Liverpool event is the number of fab music people it has brought into my orbit over the years, so when one of these people get in touch asking if I want to hear a sneak preview of their latest project I’m going to jump at the chance.
The Ego Ritual is the latest band involving Jim Styring (The Popdogs and B-Leaguers) and the track, Chakra Maraca, doesn’t disappoint. It starts reasonably quietly and then pelts into a driving bass line littered with guitar hooks that instantly lodge themselves into your brain. Jim distinctive vocals are enhanced with harmonies and backing vocals reminiscent of sixties garage psych while the whole thing is gently garnished with an Indian theme which adds just enough essence of the East. Finally it leads into a mantra-like ending that will live in your head long after the song is over. Honestly, I played it about three times to make the notes for this article and it’s still dancing around in there the day afterwards.
If Chakra Maraca is anything to go by then the full album is going to be a real treat, and I can’t wait to hear more!
To stay tuned for more information check out the official facebook page for The Ego Ritual.