Joe Z is a musician from South Jersey/Philly area who recently released a high energy self-titled rock album Joe Z. The music in this album at the very least is hard to ignore. After spending sometime with the album the first thing that stuck out to me was how hard it would be to dance to these songs.
The songs themselves often feel disjointed like they are a step behind or an extra beat ahead. It's hard to explain but something you just need to hear. The music contains a lot of Eddie Van Halen-esque lead guitar, prominent heavy bass and vocals that have an ’80s vibe.
The album starts with “I’d Listen…” which is a pop song that feels like it could have been written thirty years ago. Joe .Z doesn’t exactly have the voice of an angel when he stresses his voice but gets the job done when he is in a comfortable range.
“Her Touch” is intense any way you looks a itt. The guitar work has a distinct Van Halen vibe during the verse and chorus sent me into sensory overload. I felt like I needed to escape the impending sense of anxiety. “‘It’” feels silly in Weird Al Yankovic type of way. In fact in sounds like him on this song. The ’80s vibe continues on songs like “Addiction,” “Parasite” and “Untouchable.”
I feel like Joe Z is making music out of some wormhole from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Whether you dig his sound or not you can’t deny the guy is doing something different in this day and age. On top of that he really does establish a foundation for his music. That counts for something.
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