Full Trunk [Release date 04.05.15]
Full Trunk is an interesting rock-blues outfit with a difference. They have a musical vision routed in early 70’s with occasional folky edges, and ‘Time For Us To Move’ has a refreshingly song driven quality, explored with real passion and no little craft.
The Israeli band has spent the last 5 years constantly touring, honing their craft and undergoing a few line-up changes, before forging their own blues rock sound with a commercial undertow.
Their hard working approach has paid dividends with an appearance at the Memphis International Blues Challenge. ‘Time For Us To Move’ is their second album and it’s a notable step up in terms of song writing and production values.
In Gal Nisman they have a principal song writer, guitarist and vocalist with an ability to seek out the kind of emotional depth often lacking in blues-rock.
Look no further than subtle, slow building bluesy rock-ballad ‘Baby Put The Gun Down’, which starts off like Traffic and then builds to epic Floydian proportions on the back Ariel Keshet’s layered keys and Nisman’s mesmerizing guitar solo.
Keshet also contributes good songs, particularly ‘Without A Sight’, a co-write with guest vocalists Gal De Paz, who duets with Gal on a slow building hypnotic drone, topped and tailed by Ofir Ventura harp and Yotam Elazari’s Bonham style drum sound.
The opening ‘I Know The Way’ makes most of the big wall of sound and double buzz guitar and vocal lines which gives the track its impact. Guest vocalist Diana Golbi brings real passion to the stop-time, dirt sounding blues rock of ‘Think You’re A Man Well Think Twice Again’, while Gal somehow contorts his repeated lyrics round a heavy guitar line to great effect.
Gal Nisman is a fine vocalist and stinging guitarist whose song writing is exemplified by the impressive title track, powered by a strong rhythmic and percussive undertow that draws you into a rough hewn vocal, subtle solo and a catchy riff driven melody.
The band stretches out on ‘Good Old Times’ which features Ariel Keshet on electric piano and they finish on the acoustic and down-home intro of ‘Going Home’ on which Gal’s world weary phrasing brings a poignant feel to his lyrics: “My left side is lying, my right side is crying.”
‘Time For Us to Move’ takes little more than a couple of plays to reveal its compelling secrets. A mix of smouldering grooves, salient licks and an occasional memorable turn of phrase marks Full Trunk out as an original blues rock band with their own contemporary take on some familiar musical influences. ****
Review by Pete Feenstra
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