hey all though a long time after the release, just if anyone wants to re think over it!
ZERO -- HOOK ep
Blues Traveller meets Bare-Naked Ladies in a glorious mishmash of unbridled happiness. That is the immediate yet strangely lasting impression one gathers when listening to the magic of Mumbai rock stalwarts, Zero on their EP, Hook. Through all eight tracks there isn't a single moment when I was able unable to veer my ever-distracted mind away from their heart-felt strains.
Not My Kind Of Girl, they say and you listen relating to every word and every note. Makes you want to rush out, find that ex you never really liked, sit her down, hand her those earphones and sit by and smile as she takes in every succinct word and gets the message. This track has a very alternative pop-rock twang to it. Then you encounter a total contrast with Lost. Some very mature music written here with Warren on playing some tremendous 'feel' leads. Stirring up long locked away emotions within me I find it extremely hard to say ‘goodbye' to this song.
Talking about leads though, Mr. Warren Mendonsa is one of the only guitarists whom I have heard who can nurse a tone out of his instrument that sounds like it has been taken straight out of a Joe Satriani album without taking any credit away from the former. This is more than evident in both Spitleaf and Christmas In July which rings in your mind till up to an hour after you've turned your music system off. Some strains of funk can be heard on PSP 12" till it lapses into its vocally challenging hard rock chorus. The slap pop on the bass is worth a heck of a lot more than just a mention. One word - ****ing awesome (so that's two, sue me).
For me the most enjoyable song on the EP will have to be Lucy with its fleeting changes, both in mood and music. Redolent of Extreme with a Rage Against the Machine riff thrown in, it’s finger licking good. Rajeev's vocals are really put to the test here with some pretty complex time signatures. The album wraps up with a lazy guitar piece (Lijo) with some Latin-jazz influence and an acoustic reprise of Not My Kind Of Girl, showcasing the vocal talents of drummer Siddharth Coutto, cry on wench.
Some tremendously sublime music forms the substance of this album, which seems to reach out to the listener reminiscent of Don McLean or Norah Jones. I cannot review Hook without failing to mention that it was recorded completely in Warren's home studio with the drums being recorded with a drum-programming machine, both of which are accomplishments in themselves. So if you are happy, sad and especially if you have just broken up with your girlfriend, this is definitely something you will thoroughly enjoy.