What’s in a guitar riff? For Brookhaven’s own Chickenpox Party, a blues based rock band with some killer axe skills, the guitar riff is everything. Moving past the opening filler track Scabby The Clown, the true opening song Dumbentia launches directly into one of the catchiest guitar riffs I have heard in a long time, this would have been a great track to lay some Jack White vocals over, but alas is was not meant to be on this glorious guitar instrumental (perhaps in the future they might expand on this by added the obvious missing vocal track.
In The Woods keeps the inspired axe playing, but this time the vocals are brought in to show us why we should care about Chickenpox Party. For many blues-rock musicians, their Achilles heel is an unfortunate lack of inspiration and exciting tonal range in the vocals, fortunately for Chickenpox Party, their lead vocalist Greg Smith brings the proper amount of everything to his vocal style, and the songs truly shine from him doing so.
Blues For Jesus sounds like a cross between 777 (Jeff Martin), Tool and Black Sabbath all rolled into one. I am sure this is going to perk up the ears of any reader who lives religiously through those bands, but a reference needs to be made, and this is what I have for you.
Throughout the album we are treated to heavy bass riffs, on point rock drumming, and a fun listen all the way through. There is a bit too much filler for me throughout the self-titled album, and most of it doesn’t result in helping the hard hitting album keep up its awesome momentum. That being said, the filler is not going to detract from the overall great experience that this album provides.
If you enjoy rock, blues, and anything that forces you to turn the volume up, then don’t overlook this album at all.
Written By: Ryan Donnelly