Monday, March 17, 2014

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW: California Breed

CALIFORNIA BREED by California Breed
(Frontier Records)

Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass)
Andrew Watt (guitar, vocals)
Jason Bonham (drums

When news broke about California Breed, I was stoked with anticipation! The band is a power trio of epic proportions that features "The Voice Of Rock" Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, veteran drummer Jason Bonham and the astoundingly talented 23-year-old singer-guitarist Andrew Watt. The band's self titled debut is produced by Dave Cobb, whose worked with Rival Sons. All 12 tracks on the album have equal co-writing credits amongst the members. All of which are great. "My Way" kicks off the album like a punch in the jaw! The intensity in Glenn's vocals are fiery with a swagger that just floored me, as it will you. The rest of the tracks are mid-paced rockers. Other tracks guaranteed to satisfy are "Sweet Tea", a heavy, riff-based mover powered by Andrew Watt's ballsy guitar work and the powerful combination of the Bonham and Hughes rhythm section working to nail the song to the floor. "Chemical Rain", "All Falls Down", "The Grey" and "Invisible". California Breed are tight powerful unit and fit together just as smoothly as whiskey and soda, sounding as if they've been playing together for years, and although the performances are tight, the songs sound loose and comfortable, as if they were done live in the studio in one or two takes. California Breed's debut showcases the talents of these amazing artists, and the combination of these three talents makes for one hell of a memorable listening experience! Glenn Hughes dishes out huge, thumping bass lines and turns in a vocal performance that proves why is "The Voice Of Rock"! Andrew Watt, young though he may be, plays guitar with the power and passion of an old soul and shines like few other guitarists on the scene today. Jason Bonham is a powerhouse, who plays with such power and passion and along with Glenn's bass, is the unstoppable force of nature! Hands down! California Breed stands out as one of best releases in 2014 and in my book, a masterpiece that is destined to be an instant classic! - Highly Recommended

Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/All Access Magazine

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