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Company Band, The: Pros & Cons EP

When I first picked this one up there were a couple of things not in its favour. Firstly The Company Band is, according to their wiki, "a rock supergroup featuring Clutch frontman Neil Fallon, Fireball Ministry frontman James Rota, CKY drummer Jess Margera, guitarist Dave Bone, and Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis." I am not always a big fan of supergroups Velvet Revolver anyone? I'm also not a huge fan of some of the parent bands of the protagonists within The Company Band.

Therefore I am pleased that my fears were unrealised as Pros & Cons is a pretty solid release. It won't change the world, but its more than perfunctory stuff. Solid is in fact a good word to describe all five tracks on offer. From the first and best song "House of Capricorn" to "El Dorado" this is manly hard rock that is vaguely southern and vaguely stonerish rock and indeed roll. It's also not quite as depressing as the participants might suggest, it's quite uplifting and bouncy as on "Black Light Fever". The sound is much cleaner than one would expect especially the guitars which are nice and crisp throughout. An album like this would be nice.

Track Listing:
1) House of Capricorn
2) Black Light Fever
3) Kill Screen
4) Loc Nar
5) El Dorado

Added: July 22nd 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 1367
Language: english

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Company Band, The: Pros & Cons EP
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-07-22 07:39:34
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A little five piece supergroup, The Company Band appear content to go about their business quietly and inconspicuously. Apart from their steamrollering music that is! Why a band featuring Clutch frontman Neil Fallon, CKY drummer Jess Margera, Fireball Ministry guitarist/vocalist Jim Rota, bassist Brad Davis from Fu Manchu and guitarist Dave Bone isn't huge news I'm not quite sure, but surprisingly this monstrous mini-album is actually the band's third release. Fusing elements of all their main bands with the swagger of AC/DC, the strut of early Aerosmith and the flashier approach of the likes of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden, The Company Band sound familiar and fresh in equal quantities, although the standout aspect of this EP is just how stunning the production is. The likes of "Kill Screen" and "Black Light Fever" already have riffs to die for, but with an ultra-punchy snare whap and growling bass slap rooting everything to floor, the effect really is gargantuan. Crank these babies up and this is a collection of songs capable of rocking the very foundations on which your house sits, while having you grooving like a madman as everything else collapses round about you.

Fallon is always a captivating singer, something that this EP confirms for all to hear, but backed by the gigantic guitar gaggle on the instantly memorable "House Of Capricorn", the effect is quadrupled! "El Dorado" closes things in a similar vein to AC/DC's "Ride On", with the bluesy swagger cajoling you to groove along. Which leaves "Loc Nar" to hypnotise with its spiralling guitar lead and mightily tight beat.

Pros & Cons is a short sharp blast of killer riffs and swanky grooves that will capture your imagination from first listen, refusing to let go for days on end!

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