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Electric Universe - Album Review: Electric Universe

11 Feb 2019 // A review by Darryl Baser

Tauranga based band Electric Universe says 2019 is a year of completion for them, with their self-titled album being one of a few projects being completed during the course of the year.

The band’s name should give a little away; the first four songs, from City Boy through to Acid Train, all having influence from Hendrix to Santana but with the subtlety and restraint of Hendrix, and not the album length solos of prog rock. This LP could have been recorded by Human Instinct.

The musicianship on the album is top notch.

Track 5 Moments is a slight shift to a later 60's early 70's US gospel sound, with the band showing its softer side. There’s a moment where the singer’s slight US accent really works, as he manages to rhyme ‘..all alone in my car’, with ‘….wondering if I’ll ever see her again’ [with again being pronounced agaiyun]

Broken Man is the main ballad on the LP and has excellent 60’s Hammond b3 style organ work, and a killer lead guitar break that soars.

In their press release Electric Universe say 2019 is an ‘era of completion for their 7 members’. The band says they’re looking forward to gigging more and have added members to their live show.

The original core members of Shane Davies, Michael Furness, Patrick Hawkins and Jeff Nilson were joined in 2018 by guitarist Baz Mantis and two backing vocalists, Jana Rose and Marilyn Collins-Smith, bringing even more fullness to both their sound and stage show.

Electric Universe was recorded at Soundtree Studios in Tauranga, mixed by Shane Davies and mastered by Gavin Northcroft.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Electric Universe

2019 is fast shaping up to become a successful year for the 7 members of Tauranga based rock band Electric Universe with the release of their self titled debut album and 5 music videos to date. The group is committed to bringing their dynamic live rock show to the people of New Zealand and beyond, and are anticipating a number of large shows ahead of them.

The origin of the band stems back a number of years to a time when popular rockers Black Rose were top of the Tauranga music scene. The line-up then featured vocalist Shane Davies, guitarist Michael ‘Mutt’ Furness, Patrick Hawkins on bass and Jeff Nilson on drums. This musical fraternity remained connected over the years ahead, and formed the core lineup of what eventually became Electric Universe.

From the start of their music careers each of those members have been busy in a number of line-ups - Mutt had travelled through Europe as one of Phil Rudd’s (ex AC/DC) guitarists. Jeff took over the drum throne of Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) and recorded an album in London with Baby Snakes, which was produced by Dave Goodman (who worked with The Sex Pistols) before he left the band, being replaced by The Cult drummer Nigel Preston. Patrick had played and recorded in a number of both covers and original acts, and Shane had also been a prolific recording artist and currently manages Soundtree Studio in Tauranga.

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Electric Universe
Year: 2018
Type: Album

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