Archives- Reviews: The Law
Since the beginning of time, the general public has always been governed by laws. There’s federal and statute laws that are developed by mankind’s governing body whose purpose is to maintain order and combat anarchy. Then there are scientific laws, such as Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Gravity and Motion that dictate the survival and existence of mankind. These laws all share a common flaw; they can be defied. A good example of such action would be Rhode Island’s diverse quintet, The Law. The Law is: Low B (bass, guitar, vocals), Amber Bettez (lead vocals), Max Sherman (guitar, bass), Kevin Pacheco (drums, vocals), and Ed Hauser (percussion). Together this group of talented musicians breaks all of the applicable laws that usually define musicians by combining an assortment of styles, which includes Blues, Hip-Hop, Classic Rock and Country. This mixture of styles is the driving force behind The Law and their latest self-titled EP.
One might ask, “How can a band interconnect all of these styles and still supply the listener with classic music?” The answer is very simple. The Law’s self-titled EP boasts 8 solid tracks that are sure to keep the listeners ear in its grasp. “Green Eyed Ghost” combines wailing rock guitars with enticing turntablism . The opening guitar riff lays the foundation for hard-hitting percussion that follows. The band’s intensity is matched by lead vocalist Amber Bettez’s wonderful tone as her voice glides gracefully across the track. The scratching sequences give the song a Hip-Hop feel as it reflects the genre’s golden era. The song’s solid production and arrangement will leave listeners yearning for more.
The Law continues to defy The Laws of Sound with the sonic Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop mash-up “Masters of Evil”. From the beginning hi-hat to the ending guitar riff, The Law goes all in on this multifaceted opus. Wailing guitars duel with scratches in a battle for musical supremacy as what appears to be a voice over from a public service announcement gives a voice to this instrumental track. The stuttering hi-hat provides the foundation on which this classic mash-up is built.
The title track is a Classic Rock masterpiece. Lead vocalist Amber Bettez’s lovely voice serenades the listener over a bed of soft silky percussion which is accompanied by mellow string sequences. “Think I Know” has a Country/Bluesy feel as Bettez, Pacheco and Low B exchange lines and solidify the attractive vocal attributes of the song. The EP is rounded out with notable tracks Antique Moonlight and Home.
The Law is an eclectic EP that successfully merges multiple genres of music without flaw. Their unique blend of live instrumentation and turntable treats is sure to capture the ears of a variety of music lovers.
Joel tha Chemist