Brain Cycles

SKU: 0093-2
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Alive Naturalsound
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Metal/Hard Rock
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Iowa based power trio discovered by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Radio Moscow guitarist Parker Griggs is more than a little influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Lots of wah wah brain tripping solos with a bit of the blues thrown in for good measure. Fans of old Trower and Cream tighten your seatbelt - this one is a bumpy ride! Highly recommended for those that like to kick out the jamz.

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