Funk rock singer, guitarist and producer Assaad Lakkis (aka Bull Funk Zoo) is Dubai’s latest brilliantly balmy one-man-act. His latest single ‘Would You’ is a psychedelia-infused mixture of raw guitar grooves and slovenly vocals.
Taking influence from artists as wide-ranging as Earth Wind and Fire, Frank Zappa and Megadeath, the artist has crafted his own unique sound. The Middle East have already embraced him, crowds of up to 30,000 people attending his shows. An album in the pipeline, the musician now turns his sights to the rest of the world.
“Walking Underwater Pt 2” is the latest full length release by the dark and brooding Johnny Wore Black. JWB has utilised the talents of producer David Bottrill (Stone Sour) and Megadeath bassist David Ellefson in crafting this album and their talents really shine through. The release is an interesting mix of metal and prog intertwined with alternative rock which is testament to the eclectic tastes of its creator.
The album comprises of singles “A Cut Above”, “A Gift of Desperation” and “Noise” and 7 brand new tracks. All the tracks are relatively similar in nature with soaring distorted vocals rising above driving guitars and crushing bass lines. The opening track Firefly sets the tone for the rest of the album. The continual pounding of the lower frequencies gives a warm cushion from where to explore. Fallen Angels has an almost metal like quality to it, something that prevails throughout the rest of the album. The standout out song of the release is without a doubt “Comfy Slippers.” Reverb laced vocals and guitars give an almost ethereal quality to the track which leads on to majestic power chords. The faultless combination of thought provoking lyrics and musical hooks make this track in particular, irresistible.
The release as a whole is confident and beautifully produced. Sonically, it assaults the senses leaving the listener feeling both drained and reinvigorated at the same time. It is an acquired taste musically but offers all the essentials of great rock music; hard hitting, driving songs with fantastic lyrics.
Watch the video for 'Comfy Slippers' here:
“Walking Underwater Pt “ is available worldwide now -