Album Reviews

The Evol
5.5
 on
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 16:16
submitted by
Thomas

The first thing people take notice of when it comes to the French collective known as Shaka Ponk, is  their digitally animated monkey named Goz (for the haters: they hatched the idea a year before Gorillaz got their start). But there is also the music, a weird mix of everything from rock, funk and hip hop to metal, folk and punk. Then again, Shaka Ponk is simply a weird fucking band.

 

Take opening track ‘Gung Ho’ for example. You are first treated to delicate female vocals before a distorted guitar and drums kick in and make you think of Sepultura. Then they let loose with a hard-edged yet funky riff and the female vocals that were delicate before, now take on a Bellrays-like intensity. Later on in the song, the Chili Peppers seem to drop by, before Guano Apes come to mind in the chorus.

 

Now, that’s a lot of different things for a single song on any given day, yet Shaka Ponk manage to make it sound cohesive. And it’s a trick they repeat throughout the remainder of ‘The Evol’. So kudos to them. My main problem however is that it’s 2017 and that I wasn’t waiting for a band to transport me back to the mid 90ies. They have a whole lot of things going on in their songs, but none of it is very original and it ends up sounding more like a mashup than anything else.

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