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Spanspek Album Review: Artesia - Walkalina Vol. 1

Morning folks! I'm watching Casino Royale at the moment. VERY GOOD MOVIE. Segue. Lets talk about the debut EP from Reedley alt band ARTESIA!
Artesia
Walkalina Vol. 1

I remember when I started out playing in bands. It was about 1996 and I feel pretty confident in saying that we weren't very good (though my ego wants to say otherwise). I feel like this is true of most bands starting out. It's a right of passage. First you suck, then you slooooowly get good.  So it's refreshing (and slightly maddening) that the young musicians in Artesia have made an EP that not only shows a lot of promise, but is pretty good to boot!

On Walkalina Artesia show that they took everything they love from 90's era rock bands but decided that all that angst shit just wasn't for them. Tracks like the ambling "El Conquistador" exude an easy confidence.  "Lulu" hits with a grungy crunch while centerpiece "Princess" is the groups take on the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge". It all makes for some genial tunage.

Probably the strongest aspect of the trio is singer Dylan Russell's aged voice. Russell wields his lightly raspy voice with confidence and his grasp of hooks is already strong. Not that bassist Faith Orozco and drummer Darian Ramirez are slouching off.  Like I said folks, the entire band shows  promise. Take a listen now so you can say you were into them before everyone else was.
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