Friday, May 12, 2006


The Soul of Punk

Repost from LA Times: Soul-punk thrillers the BellRays have long distinguished themselves as one of Los Angeles’ most creative, hard-hitting bands, and with release of a new CD, Have a Little Faith, they’ve cooked up one of the best albums to come out of this town [LA] in quite a spell. Their basic “maximum rock & soul” formula — rampaging guitars that instantaneously melt into a shimmering Curtis Mayfield–style soul reverie then slam back into full-bore wilding — provides a rich, unpredictable region for powerhouse vocalist Lisa Kekaula to operate in, and she takes full advantage of it. Combining liberated audacity and tight control, Kekaula’s roar-and-purr delivery rates her as a singer of illimitable expression (check the ballsy-bitchy genius of “Detroit Breakdown”), one whom the BellRays (and the rest of us) are lucky as hell to have around.

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