After random link clicking through Wikipedia I came across the band Street Sweeper Social Club. I’ve heard of both artists already with Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine and Boots Riley from The Coup but I never knew they had joined forces.
After reading about them in Wikipedia, I looked them up on Youtube and was impressed with most of their songs. Tom Morello comes with the greatness as usual, but with some tracks it seems Boots is trying to find his “voice”. When it works, it works awesomely but when it doesn’t, it’s awkward and sometimes makes the song feel like a early 90’s rap/rock piece.
Some people have a hard time accepting Riley’s voice saying the songs aren’t as effective (mood/message delivery) as how Zack used to make them. Honestly Riley holds it down with his style, and if it were to be Zack on the track then it would be a RATM song and that’s where the difference lies. You see this is NOT Rage Against The Machine, it’s Street Sweeper Social Club.
Last but not least about the album is that some songs seemed okay but when performed live it sounded waay better like they were intentionally written to get the crowd pumped. My final thoughts is this band has a lot of potential. The talent is here BUT the chemistry is still being perfected. I hope to hear more stuff from them in the future.
Street Sweeper Social Club song links:
100 Little Curses – First single released, niice song.
Promenade – Square dance rap w/ a siick solo. Do you hear Bloodhound Gang – MOPE?
The Oath – Album version sounds 90’s BUT when performed LIVE it works
Shock You Again – He’s finding his “voice”. Hella 90’s again. Reminds me of this.
Clap For The Killers – Siick song.