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JB3 – Raised To The Ground

April 24, 2010 by  

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JB3 – Raised To The Ground

ALBUM: Raised To The Ground
YEAR: tba
LABEL: unsigned

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Hendrix licks and 60’s riffs


LINE UP: James Bennett (vocals, guitar, keyboards) / Stoph Demetriou (bass) / Charlie Caine (drums)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Essex boys JB3 get into a massive 60’s groove (think Jimi Hendrix, Free) for the lion’s share of an enjoyable promo. It does well to showcase ultra-solid musicianship from Bennett especially, a mean axeman who undoubtedly has skills to spare. He even doffs a lyrical cap to the big JH on opener ‘Meaning For Being’. The first five tracks run the gamut of the aforementioned legend, along with Kravitz and Cream (perhaps Ben & Jerry’s next flavour?) and then ppppphhhtttt!!!: the needle slips off the record and the whole nostalgia trip comes to a shuddering halt, to be replaced by 90’s MOR songs. It’s truly stunning; the gear change and whole ethos that had been obvious disappears in a puff of utter nothingness. Tracks six to nine are just banal. Maybe it’s a numerical wink to Hendrix…lazy and uninspired, they very nearly ruin a cracking set. Luckily, JB3 regain their composure for the final two tracks, and rock on. Huzzah!

SOUNDS LIKE: Cream’s demo tapes for the most part. The middle four tracks unfortunately remind the listener of drive-time radio-friendly junk.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: Hendrix, Cream, Lenny Kravitz, Free. Good music, basically.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Owen Williams



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