Grunge, psychedelic rock band The Reed Effect released their new EP A Strange Curiosity on November 10th and have also released a video for “No Way Outta Here.”
The band comprises of frontman Kirk Reed on guitar and vocals, accompanied by his brother, bassist Chris and drummer Bryan Fontez. The Reed Effect, from Toronto have spent some years creating their unique sound, with its deep chunky guitar riffs, and lyrics which might twist your mind a little, they’ve finally released the EP which is a full on assault of heavy guitar, and a concoction of grunge, metal and blues which any rock lover would find appealing.
Drummer Bryan Fontez commented, “We expect any and all fans of rock music to find something on this EP that they’d enjoy. We’ve carefully crafted six very dynamic songs that range from catchy radio bangers to progressive grunge metal to psychedelic tribal grooves. It’s an interesting EP with a collection of feelings, emotions and experiences attained through living and observing life. Six very unique tracks that sound drastically different and we’re super proud of it.”
Down In Here is a powerful start to the EP. The strong lyrics to this song ‘No one told me I could sell my soul down in here, well that’s the price I had to pay down in here’ together with the impressive guitar work and chunky riffs provide a solid start to this release. Get In Line has haunting vocals teamed with some hefty guitar riffs. The strong bass line and powerful drum beat coming together to deliver a unique sound. This track has an alternative edge to it. I couldn’t ignore the elements reminiscent of Korn, delivering proof to their grunge rock claims. Red Rover is more psychedelic, than rock, however is still an infectious song. A definite throwback to the rock sound of the 70’s. Leave It All Behind possesses a heavy hitting bass line and thumping drum beat which draws your attention. I certainly imagine this track stirring energetic involvement from the crowd in a live performance. No Way Outta Here is a strong addition to this EP, delivering power and intensity from start to finish, it’s one of my favourites of the EP. The stimulating guitar motif showcases Reed’s skills nicely. Still Want You is set at a steadier pace than the preceding songs, and even though it’s a more relaxed tempo it doesn’t compromise the musical effort. A pleasant melodic start to the track is soon accompanied by a deep and dirty guitar riff which wraps the EP up in fine fashion.
The band has succeeded in covering more than one genre of rock in this fine effort. There literally is something for everyone, as long as you enjoy rock music that is. I can imagine The Reed Effect would deliver an incredible live rendition of this EP.
‘Power and intensity from start to finish’