EP Review: The Naked High – Tap Into The Evil



I could do a very simple review here. If you love hard rock with bluesy guitar, loud vocals and a hint of doom then this EP is brilliant, buy it.

Emerging from the underground of Montreal comes The Naked High. Joining forces in the summer of 2015, connected by a love of similar music ranging from blues to rock to metal, the dauntless quartet brings an electric chemistry to their music, amplified when they are on stage.

The Naked High is Hugo Leclerc-Charron delivering solos on guitar, Simon Ouellet with Iron Maiden-esque vocals, Phil Perreault keeping the low end steady, and Charlie Cayouette backing everything up with his rocking beat.

Fast forward to present 2020 and The Naked High have released another EP entitled ‘Tap Into The Evil’ recently released on May 29th. The 6 songs show the evolution of their sound pushing forward into the next chapter of the band as they continue to learn from the legends that they admire while forging their own respective path in Rock N Roll.

“I caught the lady staring at my microphone!”, the Ep kicks off with loud vocals and dirty guitar. ‘Jewel Of The Crowd’ set things nicely with everything you expect from these rockers. Rolling straight into ‘Rebirth’ before the bowel upsetting bass of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ is the heaviest track here showing the metal side of their music. Chugging along they swap between vocals and tasty guitar licks. The rock is brought back with ‘She’s so Marie’. A stadium ready track with big drums and pinched harmonics.

With the talk box effected guitar and screamed opening ‘Moon Turns Red’ swagger is huge and stand out track on the EP. The verse riff is pure loose rock playing like Gun’s N Roses Night train. They have saved best till last though. With ‘Pull Of The Void’ the guys have created a slow brooding track that really kicks off when the guitars take centre stage with an epic solo dripping with Wah wah and sustain.

Many a band have tried capturing the essence of the old school bluesy rock genre but few do it as hard hitting as these guys. They aren’t doing anything different or rewriting the formula this is just hard rock played by fans of the genre who grew up listening to the greats. They pack a lot into this EP and use it to showcase their wide range of tricks and Now its time for a new generation to set the stage a light playing sleazy dirty rock with epic solos and loud vocals

Track Listing:
1. Jewel Of The Crowd (3:22)
2. Rebirth (2:42)
3. Sleep Paralysis (6:54)
4. She’s So Marie (4:33)
5. Moon Turns red (5:39)
6. Pull of The Void (7:01)

Buy the EP here

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Find out more about the band here

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