Title - No. 2
Artist - City Weezle
For those unaware, City Weezle is a rock fusion beast that’s been kicking it since 2006 in the European Alternative/Rock/Metal underground and has just released - after a long hiatus taken due to disbanding in 2010 - their second album, appropriately entitled No.2.
Indeed, it is the fruit of many years of work with the sophomore album having been written and recorded in various beautiful and precarious places; from the backwaters of Ireland to the metropoles of France and Japan over a four year period.
1. Captain Introspective
2. The Underground in Europe
3. Maestro Mafioso
4. Crimson Jig
5. She’s A Stomper
6. Even Weezles Get The Blues
7. Eskimo Pie
Split into two halves of the same, but different musical experience, the first half (Side A, if you will) is considered the European side as it does not include the bands usual swing rock grooves.
With the tracks all exhibiting a varying degree and amalgamation of rather different European themes and sounds, it kicks off with the ornate piano work, at first, and then the up-from-the-gut musical imploring next of Captain Introspective and then brings us the rousing Renaissance storytelling of The Underground in Europe, which are backed by two of my own personal favorites here, the Zappa-esque constructions of both Maestro Mafioso and the boisterous Crimson Jig.
The second half (Side B, if you will) can be considered the American side as the tracks have more of an American sound - from a Melvins-esque tune, to a bluesy tune, to a twisted Beach Boys tune to a swingy tune, it begins with the harmoniously prolific She’s A Stomper and backs that up with the melodic hipsway of Even Weezles Get The Blues, the riff ambient Eskimo Pie, and then closes on the exciting momentum of Cluedo.
Simon “The Vocal Viking” Fleury // Guitars, Vocals, Banjo, Arrangement and baby screams
Kengo “The Bass Samuri” Mochizuki // Bass Guitar
Axel “Wunderkind” Steinbiss // Keyboard
Ai “The Drum Ninja” Uchida // Drums
In short, No. 2 is a big statement that City Weezle is evidently a band capable of evolving and exploring different sounds as they look forward to getting back on track and hitting the stage again with a great live show (not to mention, so it has been already told, coming back as soon as possible with another album of more new and exciting material!).
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