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KXM - 2017 Scatterbrain

ALBUM: Scatterbrain
LABEL: Ratpak Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Doug (Dug) Pinnick - vocals, bass * George Lynch - guitars * Ray Luzier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Scatterbrain * 02 Breakout * 03 Big Sky Country * 04 Calypso * 05 Not A Single Word * 06 Obsession * 07 Noises In The Sky * 08 Panic Attack * 09 It's Never Enough * 10 True Deceivers * 11 Stand * 12 Together * 13 Angel



It's another case of Alphabet Soup. A supergroup as at were and this is their second album, their debut hit the shelves 3 years ago. The Trio is made up of Doug Pinnick from Kings X, George Lynch from Dokken/Lynch Mob, and Ray Luzier from KoRn. In terms of the alphabet soup abbreviation, I can understand where the k and the X come from but not quite sure where the M comes from (maybe out of Lynch Mob? I'm sure some other writer on the web knows the answer.

The Songs
KXM have a very raw sound, but as to be expected, they are also very powerful for a trio. The trio take up a 'jam' based attitude, and churn out what feels right. Musically, they may be similar in approach to the Winery Dogs. Some of you may have seen their video for the title-track 'Scatterbrain' on GDM already, via the YouTube AOR/HM Weekly Charts. This one features oddball signatures, cutting drum work plus a blues solo from Lynch which comes at you from left-field. KXM digs into a deep groove on 'Breakout', so too 'Big Sky Country', both veering into Kings X territory by default. By the time we hit 'Calypso', KXM go off on an experimental journey. It's all quite strange really, with various flavours such as reggae and African rhythms coming into the mix, even on the following track 'Not A Single Word'. Sure, the KXM overlay of hard rock is retained, and it goes to show what can happen when these three spend a week or so tinkering in the studio.

'Obsession' is a bruising rocker, with Pinnick delivering a tough vocal. 'Noises In The Sky' is a swampy affair, Lynch's guitar tone takes on a muddy Southern sound for this one. 'Panic Attack' was a sloe groover to start with, but for once, George Lynch lets loose with a guitar solo reminiscent of his 80's era. I like the groovy 'It's Never Enough', quite funky actually, and that's due to Lynch's guitar playing rather than the expected contribution from Pinnick. The same could be said about 'True Deceivers', with Pinnick's echo-ey vocal making this one sound like an early 70's psychedelic rocker. Changing it up again is the unusual 'Stand', not quite sure what to make of this one. Luzier sends 'Together' into a drum-clinic during the intro, the song eventually changes direction and meanders through various phases. The closing 'Angel' is the most laid-back tune here, a ballad mostly, with a bluesy vibe.

In Summary
KXM might be a hard ask for many of you here. Their music might not be an immediate grab, and that's to be expected. The trio have played across numerous side-projects, and it should come as no surprise that the key words associated with KXM are: spontaneous, experimental, ad-hoc and different. Aside from a handful of fleeting moments will you hear any reference back to their better known origins, suggesting that KXM are off on their own tangent, doing their own thing and putting out music when the opportunity arises.

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