Thursday, February 15, 2018

Zuma Birds- Contact Light (Nooirax Producciones, Delia Records NOAX-136)

Zuma Birds are a new trio from Madrid Spain lead by guitarist and vocalist, Shakin’ Dave. The bands main inspiration are the great bands of the 60’s and 70s like Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, etc..  but try to give it their own new twist. Dave has a very special tenor voice. Easy Rider starts things off with a guitar riff that might have been on a ZZTOP record from 1972. It is a happy track with some great guitar work. Deadhead Suzie is a fun track that tells a fun story. I guess you can guess what it is about??? This track features some piano and pedal steel as well. Nice track.  A Town with no Name is one of my faves on the record, a longer 8min track, with a great guitar solo. Some very nice drum and bass on this one as well. Let me follow you Down slows things down a bit. King of the Mountain has a nice subtle organ and a really nice guitar line (a bit like Outlaws or something). This one really rocks out at the end. Great track. Drifter is a beautiful slow track to start but then takes a very different turn around 2 ½ mins, where they have a bit of a psychedelic freakout for a min or so and then into a nice guitar solo break. The Midnight Train is another happy rock and roll number with a nice harmony guitar part at the end and some nice double tracked solos. The album ends with She’s got Stars in her Eyes and it has a bit of a country western movie soundtrack vibe to it and some great guitar work. Hear the song below.

If you liked the last Gin Lady record, Electric Earth, you will also dig this record as well. Just classic rock, done very well with great songs, nice vocals (a bit special) and some fantastic guitar parts and solos.  Good job guys.

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