Sam Buccero (guitar/vocals), Corie Stark (bass) and Neil Patrick Harris Jr. (drums) are Gypsy Rose Frequency. The band from Kansas City, MI released their eponymous release Gypsy Rose Frequency which contains nine songs.
I would say this band has a seamless mix of rock and funk. The rock veers towards crunchy ’70s classic while the funk has a little more in common with Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is a fun record. There are tons of hooks and it feels like the band is having a good time.
They start with “PH Degree” and right off the bat you are treated to an infectious groove. Buccero sometimes follows the guitar lead with his vocals which he occasionally does here. It somehow creates that funky edge to the song.
Up next is “Persian Gold” which is one of the highlights. I think the vocal line felt very distinct. It was catchy but unique. On the chorus distortion washes over the mix which creates a somewhat psychedelic vibe. There is also some fantastic lead guitar that shreds and tears at the seams.
“Orange Line” is another success. There are points in the song where he is on the verge of spoken word which works really well. They pull out the funk on “Banana Grenade” and the vocal does sound a bit like Anthony Kiedis on this song. You are greeted to more guitar greatness on “Retrograde” but the lead sounded a little closer to Jimi Hendrix.
They continue to form a signature sound with “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Devil's Melody.” “Emerald Ocean” was the ballad and most emotionally resonant song. The song is relatively clean and prefers reverb over distortion. They close with “Xenon Desert” and don’t disappoint with an epic ending.
This is a really good album from beginning to end. It’s cohesive, consistent and rocks. Take a listen.
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