The Begowatts are a Midwest progressive rock band with subtle punk and surf undertones. Powerful, melodic, and lonesome guitar solos and sections, as well as instrumentals and vocals to match, are pivotal to their sound, making The Begowatts’ Grand Charade an EP even picky, nostalgic rock lovers would find themselves tapping and playing air guitar to.
However, the guitar is by far not the only attribute they bring to the table. Certain songs revolve heavily around catchy, rhythmical progressions serving as background for some pretty bad-ass bass and drums to steal just enough of the spotlight. Nevertheless, the guitar never stays too out of mind, seamlessly sneaking in to give us some simplistic coolness with the precision and musical intelligence of a mature, savvy player.
Certain songs revolve heavily around catchy, rhythmical progressions serving as background for some pretty bad-ass bass and drums to steal just enough of the spotlight.
Being a truly well-rounded band, reminiscent of a time when this was a standard rather than an exception, the vocals are in perfect unison with the instruments, providing the right kind of concrete, emotional substance to each song – at times the singing resembles the one of Brandon Flowers from The Killers or The Clash’s Joe Strummer, in others The Begowatts’ singer conjures up a lonesome cowboy’s melancholic, lyrical monologues.
Being a big classic and progressive rock fan in times when quality artists of this musical current are scarce, The Begowatts’ Grand Charade is a true hidden gem hopefully many others will discover.
Have you heard Grande Charade? What’d you think about it? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
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