Phil Varca and The Slamjammers
Artist: Phil Varca and The Slamjammers release 2 Premier Tracks: Come Get It, Struttin’
Label: Independent Artist.
About the Artist: Phil Varca and The SlamJammers features the massive guitar tones and playing of Phil Varca with hard driving support from Tom Porter on Bass and Russell Stone on Drums. Together they share a rich history of putting their own stamp on blues classics as well as ripping through a deep catalog of rockin’ blues originals with heart, soul & feeling. Find them on the web…Join them on Facebook….See them perform live…..Catch the wave and feel the music!.
Review: Both tracks “Come and Get it” and “Struttin’ certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is one band that brings to the table effective songwriting via a highly sizzled yet diversified musical delivery. This meshed with a no holds barred Blues-Rock sound makes for an effective combination. I say diversified because these cats even touches on classic Rock and even some Fusion-Blues popular in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Both songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. The guitar chops from Varca are to die for. Music reminded me of Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Freddie King, Luther Allison, Albert Collins and Joe Bonamassa. The instrumental “Struttin has a more sizzling feel to it while Varca finds the pocket on “Come and Get It” on both vocals and guitar. Both tracks are entertaining overall with an amazing vocal/guitar front of Varca. His vocal style and songwriting touch are quite appealing via well-crafted movements and top tiered musicianship. The overall production value is professional grade – no issues there. Favorite piece between the two is “Struttin’. There are some fantastic moments on these songs which gives Phil Varca and The Slamjammers an amazing feel when connecting with a cult fanbase betond Long Island.
Criticism: I don’t like the way “come and Get it” Fades out – sounds forced. Struttin is to short not even breaking the 3 minute barrier. Don’t worry about time barriers – let the song run its course naturally.
Conclusion: Phil Varca and The SlamJammers continue to prove themselves with these latest premier releases. They are beyond an up and coming talent around Long Island. They have been beating the pavement for many years now and are celebrating 25 years together as a working Long Island band. Did I Mention they have shared the stage with: Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Foghat, Dave Mason, Bo Diddley, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, NRBQ, Double Trouble, Shemekia Copeland, Chris Duarte, Popa Chubby & John Cafferty. All 3 members are capable musicians. But getting back to Varca – his overall songwriting, sizzling chops and emotional vocal style is the main ingredient here that makes it all shine like a priceless diamond. I must admit these 2 tracks sucked me in like a powerful drug refusing to let go long after it was over. This usually indicates he is something special about the artist or band in question, deserving of praise, recognition and musical fame at the international level.
David Hoover. Approved by Cyrus Rhodes.