The Living Statues Aren’t Foolin’ Around

27 Apr

You may recall that last April, I posted about The Living Statues “Maybe.” But since that song is no longer available to download, and their first ‘Official’ EP has dropped, it’s only fair that I introduce readers to music from the band that is available.

Of all the songs off The Living Statues EP Knockin, “Foolin’ Around” is the one track that dives headfirst into the British Invasion pool, musical guns a blazin’, hot enough to melt a 45 on its first spin.

The intro, with wailing electric guitar and subtle bass, comes off as a modernized start to Freddie and the Dreamers “I’m Telling You Now.” But with lead singer Tommy Shears’ growl and playful crooning, the song elevates itself to the likes of The Beatles cover of “Twist and Shout” and The Pretty Things cover of “Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.”

Yes, there’s Lennon and McCartney in there, and the raspy vocal stylings of Phil May, but there’s also plenty of Shears, who balances sensitivity and primal screams with ease.

The steady beat of Chris Morales’ drums drives the tune with control and pizzazz while handclaps towards the end of the track provide a fun retro element.

But it’s unmistakable that this is a modern song, even with a zippy surf rock solo in the middle. With lyrics like “Just a little more shoulder/don’t you wish you were older” and the garage rock feel of the early 2000’s, The Living Statues are proving to be master musical tightrope walkers in a crazy musical circus industry.

*You can download the EP for free at http://www.longlivethestatues.com or purchase it on iTunes.

Discography: “Our American Cousin” (Single, 2013), Knockin’ (2014)

Official Website: http://www.longlivethestatues.com

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