What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat? In short, that’s the underlying vibe to the self-titled debut by Here Lies Man. The L.A. based quintet is founded and conceptualised by Marcos Garcia of Antibalas, bringing his erudite experience of West African rhythms and music to the more riff-based foundations of heavy rock. The results are an incredibly catchy and refreshing twist on classic forms, without sounding forced and trite like some sort of mash-up attempt. Here Lies Man merges and expands musical traditions organically, utilising the talents of drummer Geoff Mann (son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) and a host of skilled musicians to make Garcia’s vision a reality.
“The repetitive guitar figures that happen in Afrobeat music are very close to heavy rock guitar riffs,” Garcia explains. “ This music is based on the clave. It’s the musical algorithm that the rhythms revolve around. It's what gives it integrity and provides the basis for the musical conversation that's happening. I knew I wanted it to be psychedelic and heavy, and I wanted to be expanding on a musical tradition rather than pretending to be creating something new.”
And that expansion is the brilliant, hazy, psychedelic, hook-laden 8-song masterwork Here Lies Man, available Riding Easy Records.
The Los Angeles-based quintet’s debut is a hazy, fuzzed-out joyride taking on sabbath-inspired guitar ferocity and west african grooves.
A tremendously fun record that takes the riff-based foundations of heavy rock and twins them to afrobeat rhythms - but this is rock aimed at the hips and feet more than the fist and neck - fully wigged out for the dancefloor. we’ve had this refreshing blend of tropical psych grooves and stoner jams on the shop stereo more times than is really good for us - especially as the guitars have a tendency to loop us into a trance-like state. founded and conceptualised by marcos garcia of antibalas, the band merge and expand musical traditions organically, utilising many skilled musicians including sticksman Geoff Mann (son of Herbie Mann), to make Garcia’s vision a warped reality. a revitalising twist on classic forms, the result sounding like a heavier version of Goat.
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