By combining elements of King's X, Red Hot Chili Peppers and especially Living Colour, the UK-based quartet 300ft Gorilla returns with a new EP and a new vocalist. Whereas original singer Graham Parker sounded like D(o)ug Pinnick and Jean Beauvoir, newcomer Paul "Hutch" Sloway could pass for Corey Glover in a Living Colour tribute band. In fact, 300ft Gorilla ups the funk factor on these four songs, with "Mr. Raspberry is Dead" and "Stay Awake" coming closest to Living Colour's classic sound, circa Vivid and Time's Up. These guys don't monkey around: You can hear the raw energy that courses through the veins of this 300ft Gorilla, and the band crunches in all the right places. Paul Hindmarsh's frenzied fretwork, in particular, is all over this thing.
Better Life is not as diverse as 2007's debut, Gorilla Tactics, but at a mere 17 minutes, it's nowhere near as long. The EP does, however, hint that better things are indeed on the way…
1) Mr. Raspberry Is Dead
2) Better Life
3) Stay Awake
4) Stand Up