I often write about bands that are hard to pigeon-hole or describe, bands who meld so many different influences, genres and styles into their sound in an attempt to come up with something original that you are left with little alternative than to invent new terminology for them. And, as frequently as this works it can also end up sounding fabricated and a bit of a mess. But then, every once in a while, a band pings on your radar who are the opposite of this, who have picked a few quality influences, genres and styles with which to inform themselves and have then set about refining and perfecting them, distilling them down into a perfect nugget of whatever it is they are seeking to achieve. Once such band is Bath based Ataraxis Vibration.
Essentially they are what would happen if Dr Frankenstein cut up bits of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream and then reassembled them into a single 3 piece rock band. And if you try and imagine what that sounds like I bet you are not that far from the truth. It’s simple really. Well, not that simple, as they also bring in a bit more soul and funk through bassist and vocalist Vonj, whose smooth vocal delivery and groove laden bass-lines round the sound out. And guitarist Adam, who has plenty of big riffs and screaming solos in his armoury, also has an ear for more contemporary noises with some neat tricks and styles that wouldn’t be out of place on a Foals record. But, of course, this is just the cherry on top of the big cake. Because ultimately it is the big, fat, tasty, classic blues rock sound underpinning everything that is the key draw. So, not so much reinventing the wheel, as refining it for a 21st Century audience.