Review: “Kneel to the Power” by Hoozbah

Hoozbah kindly sent me their latest single for me to review on the blog, so that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today. I’ll also be giving you a quick intro to the band, in case you don’t know them. Let’s go!

Hoozbah Who?

Hoozbah were founded in the summer of 2016 by Nazar “Naz” Hutz. Naz was looking for a few friends to join his band. The other band members are Marx Twain on bass, Morgan Zwicker, and Xander on keyboards. Their sound takes inspiration from prog rock, jazz, blues, and more. The lyrics are stream of consciousness commentaries on the milieu, love, and death, full of emotion and guaranteed to attract listeners.

The band’s name is derived from the word, chutzpah, meaning nerve, audacity, moxie. A characteristic you definitely need as a rock star.

If you’re into classic rock, you might like Hoozbah. On their Facebook, they describe themselves as a band that play “the kind of rock and roll that used to be on your Dad’s turntable. It’s a simple recipe, it’s loud, it’s ramshackle, it boogies and it straddles the sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.”

Not only is their sound classic rock inspired, but also their aesthetic is vintage, true to the era.

Now let’s take a look at their previous work:

Hoozbah Discography

In October 2016, they released their debut EP, Ride The Wave. I love the fuzzy guitars in “Funny Lil Situation”. The vocals in that song are very punk rock sounding. I hear a bit of psychedelia and garage too.

“Surf (Not Heazy)” is very true to the title, surf rock guitar meets garage, blues rock, and psych. Love those subgenres. When you put them together, even better! Definitely a song meant to be played loud.

“Champagne Cocaine” is a longer, more bluesy song with more jams and with multiple parts, definitely great for live shows. Love the guitar effects.

In December 2017, they followed up with their second EP, Slip n Slide. “Ninety Nine and a Half” takes me to the late 60s or early 70s. Love the nod to Wilson Pickett’s song in the title. “Bluez” is another highlight and it’s always great to hear the bluesy side of any band, as that’s where rock and roll ultimately comes from. If you like their longer, jam like songs, “Brother” will deliver. Overall, this EP is an excellent follow up.

This leads us to the latest release…

Kneel to the Power

If you like The Stones, Beatles, Aerosmith, and The Doors, you might like this slower, rocking song with nice piano and keyboards, poetic lyrics, and emotional vocals. The woodwind instruments are a nice, unique touch. I can definitely see this being a good song for the late spring, going into early summer.

You can listen to the track on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. You can follow Hoozbah on Facebook and Instagram.

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