Black Mirrors – “Funky Queen” EP (Napalm Records)
Hmmm, Belgian hippies, it doesn’t sound quite right? But Black Mirrors are certainly set to change all that. For a start the trippy shamanic cover doesn’t truly represent what these guys and one lady are all about. More likely we’re talking about a heady mix of 60s greats in the power larynx of Janis Joplin and the proto punk rock of the MC5 mixed with contemporary stoner a la Queens Of The Stone Age. Opener title track ‘Funky Queen’ does exactly what it says as Marcella Di Troia’s sassy vocals dance teasingly around the energetic groove of guitarist Pierre Lateur while Gino Caponi’s bass rumbles in the background to drummer Edouard Cabuy’s merrily thumping. Shifting up a gear, the funky ass attitude comes into full flow during the cover of the MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ – oooh yeah, baby shake it – as Lateur and Caponi mix it to produce a shit heavy rocking groove – very cool indeed! ‘The Mess’ is very Jerry Garcia, a slo burner along desert rock lines with its fuzzy, wailing guitars and groovy licks made all the more memorable by Di Troia’s femme vocals and some excellent cow rock geetar from Lateur towards the end. Closer ‘Canard Vengeur Masqué‘ takes it back to the 60s with Di Troia’s powerful vocals contrasting superbly with Lateur’s guitar, quiet and pensive at times, until he hits the reverb and fires out those stoner licks as Caponi and Cabuy’s rhythm kicks in to bring a heavy stoner end to this excellent EP. I must confess I’d never heard of Black Mirrors before but now that I’ve heard them, I wanna check out more. Very cool indeed…..