Native American, front-man and guitarist-vocalist Mato Nanji is often seen as the next coming of past and present icons Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. An arguable notion for sure, however the artist does surface as a well-rounded blues rocker via his somewhat meaty and convincing vocal delivery. But as a whole, it’s all about Nanji’s sprightly blues-drenched rockers, topped off with tuneful themes and other minutiae.
As a guitarist, Nanji elicits notions of Stevie Ray, largely due to his slithery single-note licks, enhanced by chunka-chunka chord progressions and sustain-laced choruses. The ensemble pursues straight-ahead rockers with a heartfelt sense of gusto and sonorous group evolvement while tackling rockabilly and more. The musicians’ modus operandi boasts a top-heavy sound augmented by a firm bottom. And to give credit where credit is due, Nanji’s gutsy vocal style abets the musicians’ thrusting impetus.
On "The Way You Shake," the guitarist executes wailing lines with a sense of subdued bravado. However, after listening to this recording, I get the feeling that Nanji might let it all hang out in more vigorous fashion within the context of a live performance. Regardless, this is a delightful endeavor, teeming with memorable hooks and a noticeable sense of purpose. It’s not overcooked, but nicely well done.