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The RG's - The Cricket Sound

by Sean Hewson Rating:7 Release Date:2018-11-06
The RG's - The Cricket Sound
The RG's - The Cricket Sound

Hailing from Belgium, The RG’s are a Rock band with Grunge, Stoner and slightly Proggy elements. The Cricket Sound is their second album and was recorded at the Number Nine Studios in Ghent and produced by Brent Vanneste from Steak Number Eight.

The intriguingly named Bored Ass Tony starts us off with a Kyuss-like riff over some quite Prog chords. The pace soon increases though and it turns into a pounding Rock song. Wouter Vandaele’s vocals on this track are reminiscent of Josh Homme. The song itself is melodic Hard Rock with a slight edge, similar to The Foo Fighters. Stevie, The Guy Who Didn’t Pay Us (another strong title) careers along punkishly with some wailing guitar from Vandaele before settling into a Grungy verse. The arrangement jumps around quite a bit between riff, verse and a strangely Psychy ending. The title track is next. It’s another pounder with Vandaele sounding closer to Layne Staley. There are some pretty strong riffs on this one and it turns out to be a bit of a belter. Dirty Allan (their acquaintances seem to be coming in for a lot of stick) continues the Stoner/Grunge feel of the title track. There are some nice, high, backing vocals on this but a slightly meandering arrangement stops it from being a total banger. All Day starts like Power Pop with a stop-start riff. The verse is pretty solid but the bridge and chorus let it down a bit. Fortunately, Keep Your Secrets storms in with some swooping bass from Jens Vanhee. The blend of song, arrangement and sound is better on this track. A good indication of what they can do when they tighten up the arrangements a bit. Dead Inside starts with a 70s Hard Rock riff. The band’s playing is tight with Stijn Decoene driving it on the drums. The song itself reminds me of Alice In Chains and is pretty good apart from a slightly Proggish break in the middle which is mercifully replaced by some Wah-wah aggression. My Friend Ed turns out to be a strong song, if a little over-long at seven minutes. The chorus reminds me of Electric Wizard but this is possibly unintentional. The last song is Smack Your Neighbour. It is a little more subdued but still has a strong riff and some intricate guitar lines. The song drifts a little as a slower section with keyboards appears and, again, there is the feeling that it is a good tune but a little long.

A well-written, well-played and well-produced album, The Cricket Sound crashes around somewhere between Grunge, Melodic Hard Rock and something a bit more tricky and technical. I personally prefer them on the Grungier songs like the title track and I don’t always enjoy the twists and turns in the arrangements. It comes down to personal preference but I feel that The RG’s have a pretty solid Stoner/Grunge album in them if the arrangements were tightened up. But, it’s still a good effort.

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