Le Zets new album Deadweight is not one to be missed. It’s a punk, rock fusion that hits like The Black Keys mixed with The Pixies. Guitar riffs are bluesy and addictive. The main singer is reminiscent of the chick from the Pixies or the girl from Yo La Tengo. There is a finger snapping, foot tapping emotion to it that feels uncontrollable. I love that punky, rocky, bluesy combo. It is hard edged with occasional soft screams from the vocalist and untamed guitar banter that trails you into outer space filled with metal filled meteorites. There is lots of compression and expansion in the musical composition.
They can really wail out and you can see tendrils of sound in every direction like Medusa’s hair, and then again they can coil it up like soft tight curls like Shirley Temple’s hair. I love that imagery from Shirley Temple to Medusa and back and forth again. The undulating experience in and out comprises the different sounds. When it is compressed, it sounds like garage music, when it super simplifies it is like punk and when it expands it is blues. I enjoy each sound that is brought to the table.
There is some intermittent organ bringing a haunted sound. Drums are steady and rhythmic. This album is filled with shrapnel and metal meteorites that come in from all angles. Lots of head bangers. The seven-track album is definitely well composed and I think it could be a major hit. The lyrics are eclectic and fun.
I just love how alive each song is. Filled with energy and adrenaline. Never really slows down, just continues to thicken and push harder and harder. I can see a lot of fists in the air just getting it when they perform live. Seems like they probably have quite the following.
I really just cannot imagine people sitting down at their shows. Not for the faint of heart, a hard-hitting album filled with zest and a message. I think it is definitely worth checking out if you get the chance, especially if you have a leather jacket studded with spikes side to you.
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