Title - 'Voodoo Treatment'
Artist - The Breakers
For those not in the know, The Breakers are a Surf / Psychedelic / Garage / Punk instrumental combo from the Chicago area.
The Breakers formed in 2018 at an open mic in the Chicago area when guitarist Jim Abrahams walked in with a list of classic surf instrumental covers and free-form instrumentals that he wanted to play, a Stratocaster and a Digitech drum pedal, into which he had preprogrammed the songs.
He quickly met up with drummer Marc Lockett, who was running the weekly open mic, and assist Jayson Slater. The three decided to play the songs together, the drum machine never came out of the box, and the band was born.
The band began playing and, with local friends pitching in here and there, recorded in the Chicago area. In early 2020, The Breakers released a new CD entitled Voodoo Treatment.
An excellent follow up to the bands 2019 album, Transmissions From A Hornet-Free Environment, the 40-minute, 14-track Voodoo Treatment exemplifies the band's adventurous, surf-based instrumental approach.
1. 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks' (2:16)
2. 'Hour Of Darkness' (2:14)
3. 'Voodoo Treatment' (3:52)
4. 'Flametop' (2:52)
5. 'Astral Valley' (2:19)
6. 'Vodka Sonic' (3:16))
7. 'It Waits Below' (3:10)
8. 'Cosmic Current' (2:22)
9. 'Drops of Third Eye' (4:49)
10. 'Mesozoic Melee' (2:35)
11. 'Grave Walking' (3:30)
12. 'Wave Train' (2:59)
13. 'A Gun, A Saloon, A Legend' (2:32)
14. 'Take Two Reverbs And Call Me In The Morning' (1:48)
This magnificently vibrant collection of surf-punk-rock tracks kicks off in fine style with the back in the day, Old West spoken word, wistful ambiance of 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks' and backs that up with the mid-tempo, thoughtful pacing of 'Hour Of Darkness,' the eclectic ambiance of the title track 'Voodoo Treatment,' the Surf Rock hipsway of 'Flametop,' and then we get the casually frenetic 'Astral Valley.'
The excellently-named guitar rush of 'Vodka Sonic' is then followed by the luxuriantly creeping reverb of 'It Waits Below,' the all out, drum-led 'Cosmic Current,' then we get the longest track on the album at nearly five minutes, the translucent 'Drops of Third Eye.'
Next up is another drum-led, this time animalistic romp within 'Mesozoic Melee' which is followed by the rocking jam of 'Grave Walking,' a then the frenetically-sculptured 'Wave Train,' with the album rounding out on the old school, one-two Old West rhythms of 'A Gun, A Saloon, A Legend,' closing on the foot-tappin' 'Take Two Reverbs And Call Me In The Morning.'
Official Voodoo Treatment Purchase Link
FYI: After coordinating a charity compilation the Illinois Covid Response Fund featuring other locally-based instrumental acts, Chicago Rally, the band recorded an end of year EP, A Date With Destiny.
The 7-track, 23-minute long collection continues the band's penchant for enjoying the finer accouterments of life including delicately-flavored chocolates, fine champagnes from the northeast of France, and the intricately-crafted items from the local haberdashery.
Official A Date With Destiny Purchase Link
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