Soul Shock RemedyALBUM:
1995COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Ken Mary - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards * Brian Buzard - guitars, vocals * Mark Stratford - bass, 12 string guitar, keyboards, vocals * Ben Ashley - guitars, talkbox, vocalsTRACK LISTING:
01 Mr Jones * 02 Green Tambourine * 03 Fisheye Lens * 04 Slow Burn * 05 The Looking Glass * 06 Dreams * 07 Rain * 08 Kicking Stone * 09 The Machine * 10 Red * 11 Silent Haze
Soul Shock Remedy was the one-off project by drum supremo Ken Mary. Having done stints with Fifth Angel
, and House Of Lords
, it was a 'bolt from the blue' that Mary (strangely named 'Mari' on the album jacket), would be up fronting this Arizona based outfit as the lead singer. The musical style of SSR was quite a departure for Ken considering his pedigree. Gone are the overblown melodic strains of yesteryear, replaced by some modern/alt rock ramblings which are suitably given a 1960's psychedelic shakedown. Though the whole thing was mixed by Michael Wagener, this is Ken's baby, as he produced and engineered the whole thing. The other significant connection to his past is the Chuck Wright designed cover. Very fishy indeed! Musically we get a mixture of Tomorrows Child
, and David Hallyday's Blind Fish
. All very jangly, with a racy edge.
The accelerated drum-beat 'Mr Jones' highlights the urgent presence of the song. A track with a 60's vibe for sure. Then of course there's the rehash of that 60's hit 'Green Tambourine', given a remodelling 90's style. It's superb! Both the title track and 'Slow Burn' have that prevailing modern edge, complete with groove and attitude. There's no let-up with 'The Looking Glass', followed immediately by the mid-tempo balladry of 'Dreams', straight out of the psychedelic textbook! A beautiful track. Probably the closest they get to true melodic rock is 'Rain', a surging piece with big keyboard layers throughout that even old boss Gregg Giuffria
would be proud of. Another track with a blues attitude is the excellent 'Kicking Stone', I can imagine someone like Pat Travers
doing this circa 1979.. it has that similarity. The other ballad 'Red' is a nice acoustic driven interlude.
At the time SSR attracted quite a lot of interest from fanzines, more for the fact that Ken was singing, and making a good fist of it too. There's no doubting that it's different (well for Ken Mary fans at least), but it's worth a listen, mainly because of it's variety. Not easy to track down now, mind you it wasn't easy to track down back in 1995 either! If you like any of the aforementioned artists (Tomorrows Child
and Blind Fish
in particular), then you should be hunting this one down. Start trawling for a copy now.
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