“The Voices” borrows heavily from Cactus’ 1971 arrangement of the Howlin’ Wolf classic “Evil” but that’s never a bad thing. Cactus rocks! Grifter remind me kind of a cross between Cactus and Humble Pie. Guitarist/vocalist reminds me a bit of Peter Frampton from his Pie days, especially on “Blind Rat Swarm.” If you like Humble Pie’s “Big Black Dog” you’ll dig this song.
“Pendulum” is the longest song on the EP, clocking in at 5 minutes, and is also the heaviest. The guitar riff is indeed simple and gives the rhythm section of Phil (bass) and Foz (drums) plenty of room to shine on this Black Sabbath/Blue Cheer hybrid. EP closer “I Jesus” is by far my favorite song of the 4. ZZ Top’s 1970’s output is some of my favorite music and this is pure Texas boogie.
Grifter just did a UK tour with Ripple favorites Sun Gods In Exile. That must have been a killer double bill for the 40 or 50 people that saw it. Life is too short to waste time on the lightweights. If you’re in a hurry and need to kick a lot of ass in a short period of time, get this and get to it.
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