24-7 Spyz- "The Soundtrack to The Innnermost Galaxy" Review
by Justin Krever
Funkateers and Funkonaughts... May we have your attention please?
Seminal (and criminally underrated) funk rock / metal band, 24-7 Spyz are back with a brand new 11 track offering.
As the old adage states, "patience is a virtue". This is the
first LP The Spyz have released in 13 long years, but the wait was
certainly worth it, in this humble journalist's opinion.
In typical "Spyz fashion", the new LP is funk-laden, groove inflected,
freak fest which absolutely begs the listener to both cut a serious rug
on the dance floor and "headbang" like nobody's business. Such is
the nature of 24-7 Spyz. Never one to be pigoenholed, The Spyz
have always put a major emphasis on being eclectic and combining myriad
sounds into what can arguably be described as a "funk infused groove
Without question, one of The Spyz most daring, progressive and strong offferings, this LP is solid from top to bottom.
To select the top tracks would be a tought undertaking, indeed.
The album is literally that solid... Devoid of any "filler".
The "Title Track", "The Soundtrack to The Innermost Galaxy" is a unique
jam number, imbued with some captivating and engrossing jazz grooves.
The track "Waiting for The Sun"...a reimagined version of a song from
guitarist Jimi Hazel's 2002 solo album
21stcenturysouthbronxrockstar...may just be the standout track.
It's a funky, groove laced tune very much reminiscent of classic 24-7
Spyz, Kings X, Fishbone and the like.
I'd have to say that my favourite track is "Blind Dreamin". A
transcendental, atmospheric, vaguely hypnotic number with some
interesting syncopatic drum work courtesty of Philip "Fish" Fisher (of
Fishbone fame), it's a great tune to really "chill out" to.
Last but not least, I'd be remiss to not mention "Thank You". A
melodic track which really begs to the listener to sing along, it's a
definite classic. It also features some epic guitar work
courtesty of lead guitarist and founding member, Jimi Hazel, and
guitarist Ronny “Head” Draytone.
All in all, "The Soundtrack to The Innermost Galaxy" is a very
noteworthy and enjoyable album by a band who (although critically
acclaimed) never recieved the commercial success that they deserved.
So, what are you waiting for? Go out and "cop this" formidable LP and give it a spin.
Until next time, it's your boy, Justin saying, "Keep it Groovy, y'all"! Peace and Love!
- Justin Krever