By Charlie Englar
Greeley’s own Blind Strike has something for you. It’s their first EP, Curse The Worst, and it’s oozing with high energy muscle and buzz.
Consisting of Cody Jeffreys on lead vocals, Dan Sanborn on lead guitar, Mason Mondy on drums and Paul Kelly on bass, the boys rip through an eight song EP – minus a beautifully melodic tune “9 Weeks Acoustic” – producing a punk rock/arena rock sound that consistently displays shredding guitar solos, a pulsating and precise rhythm section and vocals that are clear and straightforward enough as to not get too lost in the sound of the instruments.
“Night Crawler” opens up with a yelp from lead vocalist Cody Jeffreys and jumps right into a hard backbeat, with cymbals being slapped all over the place. Lead guitarist Dan Sanborn’s signature sound of fuzzy buzzy-ness is present here, eventually catapulting into multiple, spin-around-the-clock guitar solos, which at times sound like something Slash would conjure up.
Slowing it down a bit, “Reap The Benefit” once again has the solid rhythm section of Mason Mondy and Paul Kelly doing their thing, with Kelly making fatty, mini-bass runs throughout the tune. The unapologetic observation, “No longer daddy’s little girl cause she lost her mind/ Oh ya know cause she live in my world,” is made by Jeffreys.
Talent within this group is wholly present, and by opening up and extending some things beyond the three and a half minute mark they’ve set themselves apart in their genre.