The Mighty Weed & Cobras is comprised of Young Ray Kang (guitar/vocals), Brandon Munro (drums), Nick Procyshyn (keys), Germ Sperman (bass) and Bryar Gray (guitar). They released a three-song EP that is just called EP. The songs by principal songwriter Young Ray Kang are an effort to win back a former lover but also are an effort to spit in the face of such an undying love. I thought that was interesting dichotomy and makes total sense.
I love the sort of passion that is released into music and comes out the other end usually having a cathartic effect for the artist who made it. As a listener you hope to feel, empathize and understand what the artist is going through as they build a bridge of emotion with sound.
That bridge of sound in this case is comprised of mostly garage rock. The EP opens with “Try” where you are met with jangly guitars, drums, distant organ and bass. When the vocals come into the mix there is the ’50s pop feel to the song. It’s well done, heartfelt and effective. The chorus comes and rocks out with a ’50s style drum pattern but is just as heartfelt and infectious.
Up next is “Don't Come Knockin'” which really plays more into ’70s garage rock. Bands like The Stooges come to mind as well as The Clash. It’s another success with plenty of emotion. Kang especially lets loose on the chorus as he pushes his vocals as far as they can go and gets away with it. I love a vocalist who can hit those high pitched Kurt Cobain-esque screams and Kang pulls it off. Last up is “St. Simeon” which reminded me of The Rolling Stones. I really enjoyed the timing of the song as well as the inventive guitar parts. Kang doesn't disappoint on vocals either.
As an engineer I have to point out how fantastic these recordings are. The band recorded live-off-the-floor in a studio with a professional engineer. It just sounds great and you can really feel the band playing live in a room.
Overall, this is a very well done passion project. I hope he got back the girl but if he didn’t he can always have his music to fall back onto. Recommended.
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