|Christian Martucci - 'Riding The Blinds' (Self Released)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 04:30|
With a pretty impressive career history already, playing with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone and Corey Taylor as well as being a member of the rather excellent Thousand Watt Stare maybe branching out under one's own name was always going to happen for Christian Martucci and so this here four track debut landed on my virtual mat for me to give it the once over.
Well after giving it more than the once over you can perhaps tell that Christian has managed to absorb his past and pour it out into his solo work with what I would describe as being muscular rock. There's nothing wishy-washy going on here just tried and tested rock music with a bit of oomph going on. Opening track 'Riding The Blinds' is pure riff-o-rama with a brutal chug on the six string but with an equally powerful rhythm section grooving its way through a well constructed modern rock song. 'Snake Oil' is more of the same with a decent tempo as it snarls towards the chorus. There's certainly plenty of attitude of the middle finger variety here.
The pace slacks off for the intro of 'Burial Song' but this is track three of four and again it's definitely above average on more of a Velvet Revolver vibe if I might say so. The chorus line had me scratching my head as to where I'd heard it before and then it hit me - it's a very similar melody to 'Orange Crush' by REM but that's where the similarities end. To wrap this debut offering up 'I Don't Mind The Faith' is something I could imagine hearing on American rock radio and on heavy rotation on one of the rock orientated TV stations and if it did it would raise the quality on them by about 1000%.
To sum 'Riding The Blinds' up, it's actually not a sound I'd instantly gravitate towards but on reflection after several plays it has grown on me, and I can see what the appeal would be to a fairly decent sized audience, the playing is faultless and ditto the production.
Four songs are all too brief to really get the feel for a band or performer but the signs are positive for what might come next. In the meantime sample this release for free via the Soundcloud link below