Silent Lions – ripe•people

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Apparently, along the shores of Lake Eire is where you most likely will find the heaviest blues-rock riffs. Toledo, a small city somewhere between The White Stripes’ Detroit and The Black Keys’ Akron is the home of Silent Lions. The duo consist of Dean Tartaglia who plays bass utilizing octave pedals, freak fuzz sounds, atmospheric synths and an arsenal of vocal distortions while drummer Matt Klein grooves and thrashes beside him often providing soulful singalong harmonies. At the end of last year the duo released their riff heavy blues-rock proclamation, The Parliaments, a title intended as a tribute to George Clinton.

The duo’s latest creation is an eight minutes ambitious space-rock epic in two parts. The first half packs heavy blues-rock guitars, free-jazz outburst, punk-roars, eerie falsetto vocals and a funky bass riff that would make Jack White red with envy. The second part works more like a mellow funk-rock piece with hints of 60’s psychedelia. The kaleidoscopic nature of “ripe•people”, takes you on a musical journey that owes as much to Led Zeppelin and White Stripes as to Gang Of Four and Wire. Impressively, throughout its eight minute of shifting moods and textures the track never fails to engage, leaving us asking why the duo isn’t more known to the public eye.

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