vrijdag 22 april 2016

La Chinga – Freewheelin’

La Chinga – Freewheelin’
Small Stone – 2016
Rock, Seventies, Stoner
Rated: ****

On Freewheelin’, the sophomore release by Canadian trio La Chinga, we can definitely do the dirty dance with the ghost of Zeppelin. Cause without a doubt and even more so than on their self-titled debut album, where the groove and the boogie seemed to come more from the stoner rock scene, it’s those mad and powerful years of heavy rock that La Chinga nods to now. We can hear them move towards AC/DC here, ZZ Top there and Thin Lizzy or MC5 on occasion, but the ghost of Zeppelin is everywhere. For instance when Mountain Momma explodes out of the speakers there is no escaping it. Robert Plant and the fellas would be jealous! But they most like already were seeing green during the funky Mother Of All Snakeheads, with the Plant-like exhales of singer/bassist Carl Speckler and the mighty Page-like guitar work of Ben Yardley. And indeed, the stomping drums of drummer Jason Solyom, who unfortunately left the band after the recordings of Freewheelin’, would even make Bonham cry tears of happiness. Its Freewheelin’ thunder down thunder road, accelerating maniacs out to serve you highly spirited rock ‘n roll and make your head explode!

(Written by JK)

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