BRAINSQUEEZED

(FRANCE)

SCARRED

(2019)
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ALTERNATIVE ROCK

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Fusion
"With a varied first album, Brainsqueezed has made a real leap forward since its first EP and shows a good progression"
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Born in the mid-1990s under the impetus of multi-instrumentalist Sébastien Laloue, the Brainsqueezed project took time to become a reality. After a few demos, a first EP ("Emotions") is released in 2015. Four years later, the time has come to confirm this with the release of the band's first album, called "Scarred".

The record begins with 'Sailors' which conquers the listener in a matter of seconds. The track is solid, the atmosphere is getting stronger and stronger with a good rock side, a powerful and well-placed vocals and a great harmonica solo. The second half of the song calms down and blends into a ballad close to 'Knocking On Heaven's Door by Guns'N' Roses. And since we're talking about a ballad, it's impossible to miss 'Razor Blade', one of the most consistent tracks on the album. With its very well found chorus reminiscent of Tedeschi Trucks Band, the single brings a breath of fresh air.

Brainsqueezed sometimes likes to strengthen its purpose and show itself more rock. This is the case on 'Bleed For Rock'N' Roll and 'Judgment Day', which, after a long mysterious introduction with a quasi-cinematography aspect, continues with a well brought hard-rock atmosphere. But the band also knows how to soften their game as on the very successful beginning of "Grave", or on the excellent and moving "Every Night" which offers a revisited version of "In The Night". Built around a duo of female voice and piano, the piece captures the essence and highlights of the original title in a minimalist format that is vibrant with beauty and class.

The synthesis of rock/hard rock and calmer influences is found on the very good 'Black Rain', the longest song on the album. Very calm at first, carried by choirs and a piano, the ballad rises crescendo. The drums arrive, and while we could be getting ready to slow dance, distortion appears  and an electric guitar solo resound. With a very beautiful saxophone solo at the end of the track and a final that looks like a hard rock power ballad, the track should be a must-have on stage.

"Scarred" is therefore a varied, balanced album, drawing in turn from one genre to another and then from another. In the space of four years, it is indisputable that Brainsqueezed has made a real leap forward and is showing good progress.
- Official website
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STEVEN WILSON, PINK FLOYD

TRACK LISTING:
01. Sailors
02. Pentothal
03. In The Night
04. Razor Blade
05. Judgment Day
06. Grave
07. Her Cat
08. Bleed For Rock'n'Roll
09. Black Rain
10. Awakenings
11. Every Night

LINEUP:
Alex Paclin: Harmonica
Brandon Autry: Guitares
Brian Petry: Batterie
Charles Berthoud: Basse
Hugo Lee: Saxophone
Marcello Vieira: Chant
Sébastien Laloue: Guitares / Claviers
Audrey Karrasch: Chant / Invité
   
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