REVIEW: New Bravado – “Sol Similar”

New Bravado
Sol Similar
Gubbey Records

The fellas in sludgey psych-rock band New Bravado obviously love Black Sabbath, but it’s what is underneath that initial layer that sets them apart from other 60’s/70’s garage/fuzz clones. Whether it be intentional or not, I’m feeling a consistent vibe from late 80’s/early 90’s grunge bands from Seattle like Screaming Trees and Soundgarden. And considering those are two bands I grew up being infatuated with, I consider that to be a good thing.

Their latest offering comes in the form of a two-song cassette single, which is intended to serve as a precursor to their upcoming full-length Sun and Moon, which will be released later this year. While the A-side, titled “Sol Similar” is certainly enchanting, I prefer the B-Side “Long Head Blues,” an engaged number that wastes no time getting started with a righteous head-banging wah-wah riff. It settles in to a nice, vocals-driven 60’s throw-back, completing a short, but enjoyable listening experience.

While I recommend you giving this release your attention, I can’t say I’m completely satisfied, but only because of the short two-song sampling offered. I have no idea when their full-length will see the light of day, but I’m certainly ready for a plus-sized helping of New Bravado tunes. Stay up to date with them by following them on facebook and/or visiting their site here.

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  • April 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    New Bravado will play a release show for this cassette Saturday as part of the Record Store Day after party at Modern Cult Records. Opposable Thumbs opens the show at 8pm. Free show, free food.

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