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Reviewed by Sammy Jay Dawson

Harvey Knows A Killer: Rhythmic Slither

Reviewed by Sammy Jay Dawson

Harvey Knows A Killer: Rhythmic Slither

Finally fans of classic rock’n’roll can rejoice. Hailing from Auckland, five-piece Harvey Knows A Killer, act as though disco never happened, mixing together rock, blues, funk and psychedelic with a traditional Kiwi flavour. Somehow this calls to mind the likes of Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers and, dare I say it, Stevie Wonder. Featuring Windon Bradfield on lead guitar, Joss Colling (bass and bvs), Rewi Mclay (vocals and guitar), Jermayn Clarke (drums) and Dillon Riesterer (vocals, keyboards), there’s a sense that these boys have well and truly done their homework, easily letting listeners forget this is a debut album. Opener and title track Rhythmic Slither, kicks things off in truly epic proportions, highlighting the band’s sense of boisterous blues-rock and capturing a sense of their live intensity. Although the band’s power rock format can also be heard on tracks including Pitchfork Pete, Hedonist, Taniwha and Southern Wasteland, it proves to be just one of the many faces of Harvey Knows A Killer. Bubbling below the surface of this hard-rocking monster are exceptional talents as soft-rock balladeers. Lucid Dreams, with its fusion-esque guitars and surreal keyboard lines, is the first of many highlights. The chill funk of Man In The Wind and album closer Annie’s Song, will leave listeners surprised by the band’s musical depth. Produced by Nathan Judd, recorded and mixed by Judd and mastered by Brad Blackwood, there is a vast psychedelic sheen to the record which is as sonically impressive as it musically. An important release, maybe even a future Kiwi classic album, with an ounce of luck stale modern rock radio will pick up on the merits of Harvey Knows A Killer and give them the attention they so rightly deserve.