A surprising proposition to be put forward to me was that of a band from LA known as Sweet Bump It and their not so adventurously named debut effort ‘First Slice’.
Though their naming capabilities may not push the proverbial boat out to say the least, their music has a right good go at a back to basics winning formula of soul music, gruff lead female vocals and simple guitar riffs.
Opening track Dauphine, takes you back to the likes of The Black Keys earlier stuff, kind of a 5 chord-bashing rodeo where the bull is yet to see red. The under complex guitar solo provided with a laid back tremolo driven guitar tone throughout really appreciates lead singer, Paco de Leon’s vocals. The thin on the ground approach to a lyrical master class gives the song a more classic sound, with the same verse being repeated twice, the band clearly prefer to give nothing more than a good groove.
The two mid EP tracks Revolution and Animal seem to fall into the blues revival category of mediocre, there isn’t much about them, leading on from the opening track, for six or seven minutes they seem to become a different band. They turn lethargic, uninteresting and a bit plain. The two songs are sandwiched between two brilliant, up beat and ferocious songs; Savvy Kid and Dauphine. If those two songs were in fact sandwich filler they would be something bland like Corn Beef Hash or Spam.
Last song of the EP Savvy Kid erupts onto your speaker like an unwanted pop up ad. Loud, abrasive but awesome. After the two songs prior to it this will have you out of your bar stool and on the dance floor in a matter seconds. The kind of punk approach to the actual writing of the song makes it quite refreshing compared to the others as another angle on the band’s sound has been offered. But, the repetitiveness of the actual guitar riff becomes a bit grating and after a while boring.
It’s a good effort from the seven piece of Los Angeles, but it is noteworthy, that for me personally, the blues revival card can sometimes find itself in the same hand as that of mediocrity.