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!
It’s nearly 30 years since I first saw Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page) at some distance at the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef concert at Knebworth in 1990. I’ve seen him a few times since then and I have never been disappointed. This show was no different.
Some chattier members of the audience may have only been there for the handful of Led Zep songs, but some most of us had handed over our hard earned cash to hear a master ply his trade whatever he chose to sing.
I hadn’t had time to listen to the new album before the show but the songs from it sound fabulous so I shall be taking time out to give it a proper play. (So much new music so little time at the moment.)
Highlights for me were All The King’s Horses, House of Cards and Funny In My Mind (I Believe I’m Fixin’ To Die)