Bradykynin is a three-piece band from New Jersey comprised of Lew Cofrancesco (vocals/bass), Mike Cairoli (guitar) and Duke Pavlovich (drums) who have been rocking out since 2000. Their recent release Shady Tuesday is a hard-hitting seven song album with plenty of adrenaline.
Shady Tuesday has great production. Something about the sound of the music feels raw but it also happens to sound full and bursting with energy. It’s not always easy for a three-piece band to feel fleshed out but Bradykynin has certainly accomplished that.
They get going with a highlight entitled “Pickle is a Cucumber.” The energy lies somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and post-punk. I loved the vocals, which kind of oddly reminded me of David Byrne.
Next up is “Madylyne” which is a gorgeous song that is initially sparse and atmospheric. I was reminded of the aesthetics of a band like The Jesus and Mary Chain. Cofrancesco sings “I know you/I know the worry in you/the pain that you feel/is so real.” Once the drums come the melancholy is replaced with a sense of forward moving hope.
The next track “Capgun” has another unique vocal delivery. This time around I thought about Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. “Quantum Salvation” is a great instrumental track while “Growler” is a perfect title for another instrumental song that is covered in waves of distortion.
There were times when I wished they went deeper into some of these ideas. It’s hard to pinpoint but I felt like a song like “Madylyne” and “Growler” had potential to be epic. The fact that the vocal delivery sometimes feels drastically different also takes some getting used to. Overall, there is still some very good material on this album but I can’t help but think that their masterpiece still lies somewhere in the future.
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