Sometimes a band has to stick it out for many years of trying to figure out their sound, burn through countless lineup changes and then take their licks playing to crowds of the same three people night after night.
At least that seems like the generic hard luck band story that I’ve heard more times than I can count, and I can count pretty high. Then on the other side of the coin you’ve got those bands for which everything seems to click, the stars align and things just fall into place. Well and having talent doesn’t hurt your chances either.
The Boston five piece garage rockers The Gala have talent going for them most definitely and this talent is all over their latest release, the banging three song EP Pucker UP. The band came to some prominence in the Boston area late last year when their debut single, “November” premiered on the radio show Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood. The tune is fueled by high energy fuzzy guitar riffs and piercing and powerfully vicious vocals delivered via Emily Doran.
Pucker Up opens with high energy psych-rocker “Touch Me.” The guitars are razor sharp and the hand claps interspersed with the “boots on the march” drums give it some punch, which is rounded out nicely and oh so grooveilly by keyboardist Rebecca Frank.
Overall, a very enjoyable, single-worthy track that is catchy yet has a fine bit of attitude attached it. I was looking forward to the remaining two songs.
Next up comes the pop rock bop of “Control” that builds into an all-out assault of rock and it winds its way past the four minute mark. The juxtaposition between the organ and guitar works out quite well and the vocalist puts just enjoy hyperbolic inflection within her voice to make it work in her favor.
The band take it home with scratchy and fast paced fuzz of “Faker” by far the punkiest song on the album but also the most danceable. It’s frenzied and fun at the same time.
With its fast paced riffs, mellow grooves, powerfully singular vocals stylings, Pucker Up has arrived just in time for cruising the streets with the windows rolled down, which is exactly what The Gala intended.
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