Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Black Pussy - Where The Eagle Flies (EP Review)


Release date: August 18th 2015. Label: Made In China Records. Formats: DD/Vinyl

Where The Eagle Flies: Tracklisting

1.Where the Eagle Flies 03:55
2.Ain't Talkin' About Love 04:38
3.Don't Fear the Reaper 05:35
4.Hello 05:19
5.The Albatross 04:54

Band Members:

Dustin Hill, Ryan Mcintire, Dean Carroll, Aaron Poplin, Chief O'Dell

Review:

I’m not going to delve into the reasons why people class these guys as one of the controversial rock bands of the past few years. I want to concentrate what this band actually does, making great music. They’ve already released a stunning album earlier this year with Magic Moustache. Now Black Pussy returns with a new EP – Where The Eagle Flies.

A 24 minute blast of finely tuned psychedelic stoner rock riffs with the band delving further into their psychedelic background. Black Pussy offers a collection of rare tracks and an awesome cover. That doesn’t stop Black Pussy trying their hand at playing a ton of new sounds they haven’t tried before especially on the electro-tinged track – The Albatross. Though we have 4 tracks before we get to that psychedelic trippy number.

Opening track – Where The Eagle Flies – sees Black Pussy open with a familiar slice of doomy psychedelic stoner rock. This could have easily been included on Magic Moustache as it has that similar sound. It’s addictive as heck with swirling crazy riffs and Dustin on fine form yet again. With all the issues the band has gone through in 2015, it’s great to hear they haven’t lost their upbeat mood and highly energetic riffs. Black Pussy is letting their music do the talking and that’s what it should be all about. The band let fly with superb guitar solos towards the end.

Second track – Ain’t Talkin About Love – originally appeared on Black Pussy’s debut album – On Blonde. Though this version has been reworked as the vocals and riffs are clearer. It’s hard to say which version I prefer. Kudos to Black Pussy for reworking one of their earlier songs. This version fits into the overall mood of the EP especially the heavier psych rock moments. Dustin feels a bit more subdued here but that’s a good thing as you can feel the passion in his vocals.

The next track is a cover of Blue Oyster Cult classic – Don’t Fear The Reaper. So what do Black Pussy bring to their version of Don’t Fear The Reaper. Well it may seem they haven’t done much with the track but I dare you to listen to it again. As you may notice Black Pussy have added a more psychedelic and laid back groove. The vocals are superb throughout with Dustin sharing vocal duties with the rest of the Black Pussy crew. A fantastic cover of a classic song.

Fourth track – Hello – sees Black Pussy creating a slightly different sound. It does take a while for the track to get going though the guitar work is impressive. It’s very slow-paced before the song springs into life when Dustin starts singing. The psychedelic movements are spliced with doomy guitars. It’s quite a laid-back track with moments of huge riffs that’s part of the classic Black Pussy sound.

Now we get to the final track – The Albatross – with Black Pussy venturing into the realm of 80s inspired Electro/Synth bands matched against their own blend of Stoner Rock. This is one of the best tracks I think Black Pussy have created so far as it has quite a doomy atmosphere matched against an upbeat Electro Rock vibe. You get the impression that Dustin is reminiscing about his youth especially with some of the lyrics the song contains. A great way to end the EP with.

Where The Eagle Files is a stunning EP. Whilst it doesn’t offer new material as such, it’s still great to see Black Pussy back fighting the good fight with Rock and Roll. Where The Eagle Flies sees Black Pussy soar to new psychedelic heights.

Thanks to Black Pussy and Dan at Made In China Records for the promo. Where The Eagle Flies will be is available to buy now on DD and Limited Edition Vinyl’s from Made In China Records.

Words by Steve Howe

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