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    Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:20:59

    Live Review: Electric Flower Dazzle and Devastate at Harvard and Stone - By ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino...

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    Electric Flower are bound to blossom into your new favorite band.

    During a rapturous show in celebration of the Electric Flower EP's release last night at Harvard and Stone, the Los Angeles duo drilled the senses with Josh Garza's thunderous drumming and Imaad Wasif's guitar and vocal sorcery.

    Over the course of the 40-minute set, Electric Flower thrived on balance. Psychedelic passages were tempered by John Bonham-style bashing, while Wasif's hypnotic crooning took flight on six-string thrashing. These two don't sound like anyone else out there—it's almost as if they've mastered their instruments so well they exceed nodding to influences.

    However, just to give you an idea… If Jane's Addiction, The White Stripes, and Mastodon took acid together and jammed, you'd have one-tenth of the trippy brilliance that is Electric Flower.

    The duo locked into a groove from the very first note and took the packed bar on a journey through a modern kaleidoscope of rock 'n' roll. "Four16" built from a pummeling beat into an anthemic stomp that didn't need to stick to one time signature. "Faces" treaded a gorgeous soundscape of hypnotic swirls and swells from Wasif's guitar. A true alchemist, he exorcised all kinds of wobbly, wah-ed out sounds to off-set the destructive distortion the music often evolved into.

    Jay-Z and Kanye West could take lessons on going "hard as a motherfucker" from Wasif and Garza. In fact, it sounded as if there was an orchestra of the damned on stage and not just two men. That was the most marvelous thing about the evening. Electric Flower woke the ghosts of rock's most daring days, while never following them.

    Just wait, Electric Flower is about to grow into a rock juggernaut before our eyes.

    Rick Florino
    11.11.11


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