By Denise Marrufo
Artist: Naked Giants
Album: Easy Eating EP
Release Date: January 12,2016
Naked Giants are a three-piece garage rock band from Seattle, WA and all under 21. The band is composed of best friends Grant Mullen, Henry LaVallee and Gianni Aiello and influenced by the likes of Ty Segall and Jimi Hendrix. Their first EP, Easy Eating, comes with three songs.
The opening track that shares the same name as the EP starts off with a driving guitar riff that sets the energy for the rest of the song. Very quickly, that riff explodes into a chorus with shouts of “whoa oh oh oh.” After the chorus, the song leads into a natural atmospheric breakdown. The guitar emerges from the wall of sound to play a brief but satisfying solo. This first song gives you a pretty good idea of what the rest of the EP is going to be like.
“Pyramids” starts off with a groovy bass line and solid backbeat. For the most part you can’t really make out what Mullen is saying in this song but when you can understand you hear lyrics of emotional discontent. With lyrics such as “I know I can be such a jerk” and “I want to be her, she wants to be me” even then this is more of an observation than a longing to change. You get this feeling because of the unapologetic vocal delivery and playfulness of the instruments.
“Ya Ya,” the final track of the EP, is heavily influenced by Jack White with the soulful vocals. Throughout the song the guitar riff is filled with attitude and the song itself ends in a powerful guitar solo.
In true garage rock form, the Naked Giants take inspiration from The White Stripes and The Hives. You don’t need to think about much while you listen to them; they are more in the moment dancy rock music. Add surf-rock reverbed guitar, out of control shouted vocals and bluesy guitar solos and you have the raw, no-frills garage rock flavor of this band. It’s been around for a while but they are successfully adding their own twist to it. They have plans for a full-length album and tour for the summer so keep an eye out for that.