Wednesday, 22 April 2015

JussiPussi - Greatest Tits (EP Review)

Greatest Tits cover art

Album Type: EP
Date Released: April 21st 2015
Label: Taxi Driver Records

Greatest Tits - Track Listing

1.The Bliss Of A Black Dawn 03:50
2.Warning Sign 04:35
3.Vultures 02:58
4.Explant 03:54
5.Surrounded By Cowards 03:24
6.Bury You Deep 04:38

Members:

Marco Giarratana - vocals;
Michele Cigna - guitars;
Antonio Petrotta - bass;
Francesco Borrelli - drums

Bio:

Fascinated by a famous type of Finnish bread called Jussipussi, four Milan-based guys from the deep south of Italy, start jamming together in October 2013. Seven rehearsals later, the six songs that make up Greatest Tits see the light. And those proverbial Tits are the breasts that feed wars, online narcissism, ruthless competition at work. In short, super serious stuff, even though those guys from the deep south of Italy are not that serious at all. What they would really dream of, instead, is tasting a piece of Jussipussi and ham, surrounded by blonde Finnish girls.

If you like Jussipussi, you also love Queens Of The Stone Age, Mastodon, Clutch and Red Fang. It's as simple as that.

Review:

JussiPussi is a band that has just came to my attention when the promo landed on my desk. Was I intrigued by the insane name of the band or awesome EP title? Well it could have been both as it takes a band with ralls of steel to call themselves JussiPussi and to call their debut record - Greatest Tits. However I was pleasantly surprised as JussiPussi play music that's influenced by Clutch, Red Fang and Mastodon. It's an EP that's not going to change the world but it definitely makes for an exciting and thrilling 23 mins or so. JussiPussi play to their musical strengths and create some good old fashioned Stoner/Sludge Rock packed full of groove and hard hitting attitude.

These guys are from Italy and it's good to see a band like this from the Italian Sludge/Stoner Rock scene as most of the Italian bands we have featured recently are more of the heavier side. So JussiPussi are a breath of fresh air. Opening track - The Bliss Of A Black Dawn - is a frantic and fast-paced Stoner Rock number with blazing guitars and drumming coming at you from all directions. It has a slight Punk Rock vibe that gives way to louder Stoner Riff and awesome vocals courtesy of Marco. JussiPussi build a wall of noise for their sound to add layers of FUZZ. It's one of the EP's strongest songs as JussiPussi have your full attention for the remainder of the record.

Second Track - Warning Sign - has a more laidback vibe with Marco singing in a reflective mood before the band venture into grungier territory with the Sludge/Stoner Rock melodies holding everything together. When the band lowers the volume and play quieter riffs you can't help be moved by the great music on show.

Third track - Vultures - is the standout track on the album as the band venture into Clutch/Red Fang Stoner Rock territory by blending blazing Stoner Riffs and a great sing-along chorus as JussiPussi impress through out. Vultures will have you singing out loud and head-banging at the same time. It's one of those tracks you can't help but rock out to. Simple but effective. As JussiPussi start to show what a great band they can become if they write more of this catchy up-tempo Sludge/Stoner Rock in the future. Marco's vocals shine through out though it's the music that impresses the most. Yeah definitely my fave track from the EP.

Explant is the next track to come blazing at full volume. The guitars are the main focus here with the drumming and vocals appearing centre stage when the times call for it. Shades of Red Fang/Clutch appear but that's no bad thing as JussiPussi still leave you with a huge smile on your face. The production on the EP is superb through out as you can feel every riff and note coming at you. The EP's final two songs - Surrounded By Cowards and Bury You Deep - sees the band bring their grunge influences to the front as they blast there way through a high amount of action packed riffs with some elements of dirty fuzz giving their sound a slight doom and gloom feel.

JussiPussi have released a stunning debut EP that's gonna go down a storm with the Stoner/Sludge Rock crew. JussiPussi are definitely a band to keep an eye out for as Greatest Tits has it all if you're a serious Stoner Rock fan. Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Thanks To Sara at Taxi Driver Records. Greatest Tits is available to buy now from Taxi Driver Records on CD/DD.

Words by Steve Howe

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