Kevin has been playing guitar for over 20 years, and says the azz smackin' '70s are without a doubt one of his biggest influences. You had Evel Knievel jumping canyons, you had Muhammad Ali whoopin' ass and you had the best rock, funk and fusion going on. It was the style of this time that made music so colorful and explosive. Artists such as Jeff Beck, Robin Trower, Alan Holdsworth and Eddie Van Halen inspired Kevin to get playing in the first place. The '70s flavor has inspired him to get loud again. His other influences include James Brown, P Funk, Miles Davis and early Prince. The fusion of hard funk and hard rock has long been a source of inspiration to Kevin.
Schafer's live band is extremely dynamic, very improvisational and constantly jumping over the cliff. You won't hear them doing cookie cutter rehashes of the material. The band tries to push themselves, which makes for a very exciting live show, with a constant and relentless groove.
Folks, buy it ... i'm serious ... just buy it!
Completely groove-alicious, before you even hear the guitar-centric aspects of the cuts you get treated to HUGE drums, that FUNK!!! ... so much better than some of the 'silicon drummers' quantized onto guitar centric tracks .
Flavors of Jeff beck's golden era are rampant. Kev's finger vibrato is beautifully deft. There must be something in the MN water 'cus one hears aspects of his Purple Highness in Kev's style. The octave split line of 'sparkle motion' reminds of a tune that Lenny Kravitz wishes he was bad a$$ enough to throw down (although the 'trippy' spoken word part in the middle got as close to the 'cheese factor' precipice as one might otherwise care to be ) ... some of it sounds as if EVH showed up to give a go with P-Funk.
The guitar tones are varied, and deployed perfectly to capture whatever the given tune needs. Nice wah wah work throughout, and not just for the 'effect', but for 'just the right alteration' of the tone to create a dynamic 'movement' ... sometimes thick and heavy – other times crunchy and punchy ... sometimes 'stinging' as in the title track ... sometimes 'singing' without a hint of 'fizz' on top .... A very happenin' tonal pallet to be sure.
The tunes do not have a polished sense of 'composition', rather trading 'architecture' for 'inspiration', they are vehicles for 'made loud to play loud' guitar excursions. Kev has an incredible sense of 'playfulness' in his playing, arrangements, and overall vibe, it feels very immediate and 'real' when you listen to it, unlike some "overly perfected until the lively-ness is wrung out of them" releases. The little snippets of 'spoken word' just leave you smilin', I dare you to be in a bad mood after listening to this CD.
Did i mention the drums are HUGE ... OMG, I NEED to see these cats live ...
BUY THIS CD!!
Posted on Wednesday, September 21 @ 05:07:13 BST by
Been lamenting for the past decade that guitar
playing died with the birth of Nirvana? Been lamenting
that no one has heard much from James Brown since
prison? Help is here, brothers and sisters, from a
nearby planet called "K", from a string-strangling boy
named Kevin. Dig, if you will...
Kevin Schafer has released an independent CD called
"Invasion from Planet K" that is guaranteed to blow
your hair back faster than a ride in my convertible.
Kev will have you stompin' to his sizzling brand of
funk-rock and drooling over his amazing guitar chops,
complete with Shaft-like wahs, lightning fast licks,
seriously deep groves, & a certain furious cool.
Yes, Kevin Schafer delivers, boys & girls. Can I get
Kevin kicks off this 10 song disc with a song called
"Sucker Punch". Yeah (insert Isaac Hayes voice
here)....followed by a host of other tunes that feel
like Jeff Beck & Eddie Van Halen gunning hard over
songs by Jan Hammer and Prince.
The groove stays cool & deep and the guitar work hot &
flashy. Kevin Schafer has scored BIG, and fans of
funky, fusionistic guitar rock score even bigger when
they pick up this amazing disc. From the soaring
harmonics & wide vibrato of "Sugar City" to the
wah-warped rhythms & long bends of "Butter Face" to
the climbing chromatics & swirling lines of "Sparkle
Motion" to the easy release of "If Forever...", Kevin
delivers in spades.
Bottom line: If you like your music to sound like the
soundtrack to an Evil Knievel stunt, stop reading and
grab this CD NOW!
Visit Kevin on-line (where he has scored over 56,000
plays!) at his SoundClick site!
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TURN THAT GEETAR DOWN!!