Psycho Luna (Immune Records)
By: Alex Steininger
With pop-ska, and other ska hybrids growing in popularity, G-Spot may be one of the ska bands earning a name for themselves in the coming months. Their infectious fusion of bright and humable pop melodies combined with a very heavy dose of ska creates one of the catchiest third wave sounds to date. And Psycho Luna's eleven tracks showcase their infectious beats quite well.
The CD starts out with "Rocket Man," a poppy, fist full of ska powerhouse that will raise the energy level in the room by multiples of a hundred. From the opening guitar strokes, and throughout the powerful horn melodies everyone will dance up a storm. The floors will shake, and so will everyone in the room. Not only that, but everyone will be singing along (or trying to) with this song. The music makes you hum, and the songs are the kind of songs that get stuck in your head and won't come out for days, all the while you sing the song whereever you go, and listen to it every chance you get. "Shoot To Kill" is even more infectious. It drills its way to your head via your ears, and then sticks itself in your brain and won't leave for days, weeks on some occasions. All of a sudden you'll get a rush to start singing "Shoot To Kill" while skankin', but the urge will build up and build up, until you have to lock yourself in a room with a CD player and just listen to the CD over and over again. "Organ man" has a beautiful organ intro, and then gets into the juicy pop-ska-third wave licks that have kept your smile on your face since track one. The ska rhythm carries at a very steady pace, perfect to dance too. The organ parts add a lot of depth to the song, and a full time organ player might even add a new dimension to the band? The horns are bright, powerful, and very heart warming. "Bizzaro" is an instrumental. I know what your thinking...a third wave, pop-ska instrumental? That can't be that interesting! But your wrong. G-Spot pulls it off with their tight horn section that could win over the biggest grouch of them all, and keeps your toes happy with melodies that are perfect to dance too. Although, this instrumental does omit the sing-a-long lyrics that will get you and keep you as a fan, which is a shame because one you get started you'll never stop singing along. Which is half the fun of the music. "Matador" starts out with some great horn lines on top of some ska riffs being played on the guitar. They keep the pop but also manage to add some punk influences into the music, which gave it a spicier kick. "Ska Spot" starts out with a slight James Bond, spy sounding intro. It continues into some spy-ska. The vocals are distorted and faint in the background which are very annoying, and the rest of the song doesn't have the infectiousness nor the energy that the rest of the songs have. This song was nothing short of a disappointment. "The Devil is a Liar" starts out very soft, with light guitar, sparse bass, and a pinch of percussion. But they soon pick it up and end the CD with a rock-ska tune. Strong horn lines are about all this song has. The song isn't catchy, and won't get you humming. The vocals are hard and lightly screamed. The guitars won't get you up and dancing. It seems after nine great tracks they got tired and lazy. But then again, if you look at it as the final song being about the devil, you can't have it happy and danceable, you need to add a dark edge to it. In that case, they shouldn't have wrote a song about the devil. But since they did, I must say they did meet their sound half way with a darker edge, to give the song more credibility. But all and all, the album is great!
Nine fantastic tracks out of eleven isn't bad. This disc is quite amazing, and if you like your ska danceable and humable, this disc will remain in your CD player for quite some time. I'll give it a B+.
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