November 23, 2007 WWW.WHATSUPYUKON.COM
The Growl of
here is a new CD in
Whitehorse and it has
come for your chil-
From the ﬁrst notes of the
new HammerHead self-titled
album, the tone is set and
it gets right up into your
face. Crunchy harmonic
guitar chords and slapping
bass lines crawling around a
heavy back beat. The sound is
a bottom heavy brew: a sonic
wall of hook-laden sound.
Piercing this incredible
barrage is the lone, pow-
erfully raw vocals of Fiona
To say Solon has vocal
prowess is understating the
fact. Ability to hit the right
note at volume is difﬁcult at
the best of times. For those
who have ever tried to sing
Bohemian Rhapsody in the With Fiona Solon’s “powerfully raw vocals” and
shower, this fact is self-evi- Marc-André Hamelin’s guitar “played with an edge
dent. Solon has pipes that of psychedelic free form” and Ian March and Etienne
would buff rusty iron to a
Girard’s “polyrhythmic funk back beat”, HammerHead has
I especially like the vocal
produced a debut CD that sounds like a ﬁrst CD should.
processing that brings out manhandling his instrument. Lis- expression.
that edge in her voice. This tening to a musician put his instru- HammerHead is a straight
balances the overall mix ment through such contortions is a ahead driving rock album at its
and allows her voice to kick pleasure. core, recorded by individuals who
through the guitars. Rather than hang back and let allow a bit of growl and attitude
The track, Moonwalk, Hamelin steal the show, Ian March into their music.
sounds like an incredible on drums and Etienne Girard on These four musicians have great
ﬂashback to late 70’s arena bass jump through hoops adding a energy and a dynamic and innova-
rock including showcase polyrhythmic funk back beat that tive twist on classic genres.
breaks, solos, feedback increases the forward momen- You need not go further than
ﬂourishes and false end- tum. this as an example of what a ﬁrst
ings. Very tasty. Now we come to the part of the CD should sound like.
review when I divert to the sub- I hope it can maintain this level
of energy and musicianship. I see
great things from this group if it
continues to release albums like
True Goldrush Atmosphere this one.
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tar with an edge of psychedelic ing environment, listen to Musak.
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