Pinnick, Gales & Pridgen
Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cultclassical USER (49 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2013 | 44 replies | 4,570 views


Release Date: 02/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Looks like they do still make music like they used to....

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

There are some records that can be likened to a virus. Once the notes enter your ear, they attach themselves to and subsequently inject its DNA into each of your cells and before you know it, you’re infected. Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen are a super trio consisting of:

• dUg Pinnick - Bass and Vocals (King's X)
• Eric Gales - Guitar and Vocals (Eric Gales Band, Lauryn Hill)
• Thomas Pridgen - Drums (ex Mars Volta)

Who with the release of their self-titled debut have made a strikingly virulent album certain to penetrate any preconceived notions of progressive rock you may hold and infect your very soul. The three men mesh in a way so few supergroups do (*cough* Atoms for Peace.. *cough*) to the point where if you found out they were all brothers playing together for 30+ years you wouldn’t bat an eye.

This is an “old-school” rock record from start to finish. Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen artfully combines progressive rock, progressive soul, blues, among many others in a fusion of sound that can’t be called innovative but can definitely be labeled as fresh. The main contributor to this feeling is the lefty virtuoso Eric Gales who displays exemplary skill and writing ability in his instrument as well as his voice. The guitar tone and playing style immediately brings comparison to greats like Jimi Hendrix or Slash. Fantastic riffs and tasteful, intricate solos are his calling card through Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen and they’re used freely and without restraint. Pinnick’s bass is no mere background instrument either. He dances adroitly with Gales each playing essentially the lead instrument in the record. While he doesn’t exactly display outright technical wizardry (like he no doubt can provide), his instrument is more than viable and best of all just as audible as the guitar. The drumming on the other hand is the primary thing keeping this album from crossing the blurred line of a 70’s throwback album. Pridgen’s time with the dual dictatorship of Omar and Cedric has culminated in a varied and technical style which he supplements with a bluesy/jazzy edge which fits in with this fusion of rock extremely well.

At many points throughout the album, the band really piles on the groove. Songs like the single, “Hang On, Big Brother “and “Angels and Aliens” show that there’s more to being aggressive then screaming and blast beats while the disturbingly attractive riffs of “Greatest Love” or the succulently meaty “Lascivious” have groove practically dripping off the bone. Gales vocals seat themselves in the deep end of cool. Much of the soul present in Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen are belted in the low baritone of his voice that would make B.B King proud. The progressive styling of Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen also serves in creating a cohesive experience for the listener. There is a vintage aura that permeates and gives the album a different kind of fun factor most others plainly don’t have. There is also a strange, warped feeling of déja vu emanated as while the feeling of hearing this music before is present, there’s something about the way it’s arranged, the way it’s delivered, the way it just rocks that holds attention. That’s the infection.

Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen is a mammoth example of vintage progressive bliss. The amalgamation of blues, soul, rock, hell, even psychadelia creates one of the best super group debuts in recent memory. Describing this record as doing anything but rocking would be an insult to the sound captured by these three. One listen to the trio’s cover of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”, will be all one need to hear to know the that this better not be a onetime thing. Fans of no frills rock-n-roll and progressive music would be hard-pressed to find many things wrong with Pinnick, Gales, & Pridgen. They’ll be too consumed by the infection to do so anyway.



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Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Once this thing gets fixed I don't care if it got released on the 12th I'm asking for a feature. This album rocks and you all need to hear it.

For some stupid reason the only stream is by their label and is a bunch of clips instead of full songs:

Here: http://magnacarta.net/pinnickgalespridgen/index.html


Music video for "Hang On, Big Brother": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2khOu-d014

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


nice review as always.

you should review something that actually came out before 2000 next lol

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

neva!!!! but thanks man.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


hehe there are A LOT of albums that need reviews other than just new releases. although i'm sure this doesn't hurt your shot at contrib

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i'm not getting that...but i thought, this album could've very well been released in the 70's and it'd be right at home. that counts right?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


"i'm not getting that"

what contrib?

dude i just watched the music video for hang on big brother they seem like some really chill dudes and the song was great. where the hell did you find this band? lol

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yes contrib.

and yeah man I really think people like you and paperback and even kill would like this.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



1985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review! Pos'd without having to look twice.

I am going to have to check this out ASAP. This sounds like something I will dig hard.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


i don't know what you're talking about you obviously have a decent shot at contrib for 3 reasons.

1. you're a good writer
2. you're consistent
3. you review a ton of new releases.



Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

well thank you atari. once ur contrib and i'm user #453085 i'll remember all the nice things you said to me lol

@atomic

dooooo it.........

YankeeDudel
February 22nd 2013



9311 Comments


who do these guys think they are Emerson, Lake, and Palmer? Crosby, Stills, and Nash? PICK A DAMN NAME!!

Ill peep this in a bit.

Digging: Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

James, Wade, and Bosh?!!?!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


yankee i know we don't agree on much but you'd prolly love this shit.

@Calc, did you know Eric Gales started playing the guitar when he was 4?!

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

really? gahdamn. it shows here that's for true.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


yup he's like a natural jimi hendrix

Calc
February 22nd 2013



12126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hope they fix this screw up with LP pages soon...

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


me too i just noticed it doesn't even show the tracklist.

you should post another full length song or video i'm already obsessed with these guys.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



1985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kinda like the ELP/CSN/insert 3 name band here vibe from the name. If it's anything like the review suggests, it's a vibe that fits well.

And yeah, Calc, you consistently write good reviews of new stuff, so I'd give you an advantage over a good number of other applicants. We'll see how that mess ends up, anyway.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



19642 Comments


sweet they fixed the album artwork. and yeah calc you have a better chance than me!

tragic.details
February 22nd 2013



624 Comments


Nice review, dude.
Pridgen was one of the Volta's best so I'm definitely checking this out.



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