Gorilla Pulp formed in 2014 by founding members Maurice Flee and Choris, they then added a further two to their crew in Angioletto Mr Vernati and Giorgio ‘’Bulldozer’’ Pioli, and have wasted no time recording this their debut EP on the splendidly titled Dublin based Mother Fuzzer Records.
A four track EP, although really it only has three proper songs as it begins with a 30 second intro ‘King of the Jungle’, which intentionally or not, the birds and other background animal noises rather comically sound like they have inhaled helium. From this emerges ‘Mean Devil Blues’ with slide guitar, before it bursts in with classic up-tempo Motorhead and some Fast Eddie Clark or Phil Campbell style soloing. It slows down in the middle for maybe a tad too long before its back to the beginning type ending. They are quite firmly rooted in 1970’s attitude and the video to the said track introduces their hedonistic values by proudly featuring Italian porn stars Marina Mantero and Gada Da Vinci.
The weakest of the three tracks ‘White Mammoth’ begins promisingly with a rumbling bass line and a good catchy guitar riff. However, there are a few tempo changes along the way, which makes it all feel a bit disjointed and so never really holds your attention, even though there are some good rocking parts in the song.
The best of the tracks is saved to last, ‘Witchcraft’, with a heavy bluesy guitar riff grooves along aided by better song structure and arrangements. Halfway through it features some effective talk box and keyboard soloing to show signs of them spreading their creative wings. If they can build on this track then I will be interested to hear where they will be in another year from now.
All in all they create a blend of Stoner Rock, Pysch Blues, Hard Rock, heavily influenced by Motorhead, Red Fang, Orange Goblin, and of course, it goes without saying, Black Sabbath. There are signs on this EP, especially with the track ‘Witchcraft’, that this newly formed band have the potential to expand and develop their sound further and form more of their own identity. As it stands it feels they are still honing their craft, but none the less, it still has enjoyable moments.