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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tired Wings ~ You Slow ... You Blow! (EP)

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Style: hard rock, blues-rock
Label: self-released
Year: 2010
Home: New York City

Members: Charles AMBIATICA Ezra Canedo ~ vocals/guitars/bass/talk box
Luis Cambrero ~ drums

This second EP from New York's up-&-coming bluesy metal rockers is a far tighter release then their debut EP that firmly focuses on the blues-rock medium, whereas the debut was a bit more diverse musically, & has been getting some attention even without mass distribution. Already two of out the four tracks have been placed elsewhere, including a sampler CD with the British Classic Rock magazine ("Whiskey To Go") & TW were one of fourteen bands on the Rock Against Dystrophy: The Album charity compilation ("Scorpion"). In typical TW style kicks off the album with a smoking rocker "Slo Burn" with their now well-honed bleeding guitar sound, heavy pounding on the skins, a thick bass end, simple but memorable changes, underplayed wah-wah guitar solos & nearly one man music machine Charles Canedo's throaty Rob Zombie-esque smoking. "Slo Burn", about smoking dope with Canedo's voice sounding like he chugged a bunch of cigarettes before singing though I can ensure readers he didn't, is anything but slo but it does burn, but in a very uncomplicated way. It's a good opening for the album, but really just sets the foundation for the remaining songs. But, I should note that as is typical with these reviews they are often written over hours & sometimes days as I listen to the album over & over. After listening to "Slo Burn" & writing the above I was called away to other business. I'm being completely honest when I say that for the hour away I had the intro of the song running through my head. Yes, as I wrote simple but memorable. Continuing with mild altering substances dope is followed by "Whiskey To Go" & "Medicine Man", which is anything but a decry against Medicare. Canedo sings his songs like a werewolf & you can picture him drooling when I cries out "I want my whiskey to go, you're so hot hot hot", which makes up for the simple blues format of the lyrics. "Medicine Man" also continues the primal feel with the opening including the sound of crickets & Canedo's omnipresent love of the talk box that feels like cries coming from a late night Indian or voodoo ritual. The closer "Scorpion" is a fan favorite due to its de-tuned two note hypnotic riff that dominates the song.

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 27 "Interview: Charles Canedo of Tired Wings," August 2011, click here to listen)


9 comments:

  1. Tracy H. Denton, TXFebruary 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Perfect timing of this review !!! I was wondering what has become of the guys in Tired Wings. Its been 2 months since I heard a word of the band.

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  2. Nicholle G Leominster, MAFebruary 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Its good to read a review of a CD that I own, I like that you give an insight of each song

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  3. Sacri S Tokyo, JapanFebruary 20, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    I was sent this CD awhile back and I really enjoyed listening to it. Especially Slo Burn , it rings in my head as well

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  4. I agree , Slo Burn is catchy as hell

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  5. I agree as well slow burn is catchy you guys should include it more in your setlist!

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  6. Domino , Hells Kitchen , NYCFebruary 21, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    I like both CD's , it would have been an amazing if all 8 was actually one CD, but reading this review reminds me the difference of the production approach of each. My favorite track is Medicine Man , it shows a more musical direction, I also like Scorpion it is hypnotic.

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  7. Tracy - they haven't stopped performing and nothing has happened. They got a new bassist some months ago and still perform periodically. Find them on facebook for updates. If you go to Amazon you'll see that the Rock Against Dystrophy album just came out on Feb. 15 (http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Against-Dystrophy-Album-Explicit/dp/B004K18JUI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1298344249&sr=8-1-catcorr), also featuring the band Odd Zero which I've reviewed recently.

    Nicholle - well, honestly, with only 4 songs it's hard not to give individual profiles and still feel like I'm writing a review useful to the band. And, I do try to be useful. Particularly, when I know the band is reading.

    Tomas, Anya & Sacri - Slo Burn is a great song. When I was playing bass in the band it was always a personal fav. Charles sees your thoughts and I'm pretty sure it's always included.

    Hey Domino - You've had a front row seat to every performance since Day 1! Ah, how far they've come since that initial 20 minute set opening for Lethal Dose. But, yes, listening to the CD again there's definetly a gap in time between it and the first. I'm sure the same will happen when Charles gets to number three. Thanks for always posting.

    Thank you ALL for posting. Keep Rockin'

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  8. Angel R. Los Angeles , CaliforniaFebruary 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    I saw this page from the Face Book notice, I am happy I can help out on the CD even as just being the model for " You Slow ... You Blow ! ". I can't wait to do it again working with the Tired Wings atmosphere is has its funny moments. I like " Whisky to Go ", I have used the music of Tired Wings in workouts.

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  9. Hi Angel! Thanks for 'flying' in to drop a line!

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