Review: Blue Root

Blue Root
“Holocene Epoch”
(DoughMain Records)

Imagine the good elements of the 90’s Seattle scene mixed with some funk elements and you should come close to understanding what Blue Root sound like. This is a pretty solid offering right from the opening chords of “Chapow” to the funkier tempo change of “Palm Trees and Incense”.

Underlying elements of funk are hidden here with Ben Reiss showcasing the bass prowess of an early Flea from “Mother’s Milk” era RHCP. Unfortunately, there are times that the production makes the music suffer. During “Meliorate” the drums sound as if someone is beating a tin can and that can be somewhat irritating. Besides that, the music rocks and Blue Root is definitely something to check out, especially if you remember a time when not every band on the radio sounded the same.