I’ve seen El Guapo Stuntteam from Belgium a couple of times and they always managed to entertain me. I never heard one of their records before and now their new effort Accusation Blues has been assigned to me for reviewing. Lucky me!
Why am I lucky? While most rock ‘n roll starts to bore me after a couple of songs due to lack of variation, this El Guapo Stuntteam basically entwines every aspect rock ‘n roll has to offer. And the only band to do that on a large scale and having big success with that now is The White Stripes, and I can easily compare this band to them. There are a lot of songs on Accusation Blues that immediately make me think of that rock duo.
Obviously I should list a couple of styles here one can find on this new release, so I will. They were kind enough to add a massive list in their bio, and I would feel bad if I was the only one to get a good laugh over it. EGS gives us southern twisted (hard)rock, blues, classical hard rock and metal, Beefheart blues, progressive pop, psychedelic punk, country trash, electric mud, swamp music, Betty Davis, Christian rap and most importantly, overdosed on this album, southern rock!!!! If that doesn’t sound challenging I don’t know what does.
The fact that it’s southern rock must really be emphasized because since their previous album Battles Across The Stereo Spectrum a new bandmember has been added, namely Bluesy Vaeske playing a mouth organ. This really ads some new dimensions to the music and really gives you a country feel. Lynard Skynard’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ could have been on this record if you ask me!!
This is probably one of the best rock ‘n roll releases that I have ever come across, and if I consider that they also have a brilliant and entertaining live performance I can only praise these guys. Damn good shit, this Accusation Blues!!