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Review-Rubikon-Delta-2015

RUBIKON - DELTA

ROUND HILL RECORDS | Release Date: August 21 2015

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A dirty bluesy vocal and an equally dirty riff gives opening track ‘Live That Lie’ a gutsy birth before settling into a cool groove, while an ascending chorus and nice bubbly breakdown adds sufficient melody to put you in mind that these Rubicon guys have really hit on something.  


‘Three Days’ takes it down a notch and hits a lighter note, but maintains the swing that drives the song before lying on some funky keys against the sweet refrain, it’s the sort of song that makes you wonder what comes next. And the answer is more great music from a band that seems completely open to eschewing current US radio rock trends and getting back to basics.


Recorded live in the studio with minimal overdubs there’s a real earthiness to the sound which takes in Progressive and Stoner elements to bolt to the blues rock mainframe. ‘Vipers’ lurches out at you like a modern take on Skynyrd; whilst ‘Sermon’ comes across like Soundgarden was a Blues band, even adding a female backing vocal.


If you want something more than the norm, and crave for bands to experiment with the wheel rather than reinvent it then Rubikon are well worth the effort of checking out. And whilst we are sure you’ll love the laid back guitar and drum roll that opens ‘Swingers’ before the crunch hits and is washed away by the sweet ‘Free’-like blues; or the dreamlike ‘Wasting Time’ replete with stunning vocal; what we like most of all is the varied guitar sound throughout and the fact that the band isn’t afraid to stray from the formulaic verse-chorus-verse-chorus staple structure.


Hell, just listen to the distorted stomp of ‘Captain Deep’; the funky sweet strains of ‘Through the Looking Glass’ or the menacing thrust of closer ‘Pretty Pretty’ and tell me that it don’t make you feel good.


‘Delta’ is a great listen and at only nine tracks it will leave you wanting more.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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