Soulful, bluesy rock n roll

Incognito pick of the week: Alcatraz Shakedown

Bands, I want this post to be a lesson to you. Alcatraz Shakedown found and followed me on Twitter. Since I am always on the lookout for new bands, I decided to check this one out. Before I heard any of the music, I saw the bio on Twitter where the band claims influences from Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc. Then I heard the music. I’m not going to say that Alcatraz Shakedown is wrong in saying they were influenced by Led Zeppelin. After all, this is a rock band with some sounds steeped in the blues. I will say this though: Alcatraz Shakedown provides a sonic slap to the earhole that I’ve never gotten from Zeppelin.

The first song I heard from this band is “The Sound.” This song opens with a fat, fuzzy, bluesy guitar riff that really grabs my attention. It definitely feels like a classic rock song, and I’ll tell you this: if you heard it on your classic rock radio station, you’d probably wait around to hear who it is.

Speaking of guitar riffs that catch my attention – the guitar (especially at the beginning) in “One Shot, One Chaser” sounds pretty similar to Left Lane Cruiser. Meanwhile, the drummer pounds out a rapid-fire rhythm and the bassist lays down a heavy groove that really ties the song together.

I could sit here and continue to explain what is so great about this band, but frankly, I think you’d do better to give it a listen for yourself. Go to ReverbNation, and check this band out. It will probably get you to crank your volume and pump your fist while you rock out.

Oh, and reach out to us here at Incognito. It doesn’t matter if it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or right here at Incognito HQ. We’re always looking out for new bands, and we like to reward the bands that reach out to us…when we dig their style. So drop us a line, and maybe you’ll be our pick of the week in the near future.

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