Review: Naked Gypsy Queens – Georgiana
Mascot Records (February 11th, 2022)
Reviewer: Chris O’Connor
Out of Nashville Tennessee comes the Blues Rock outfit Naked Gypsy Queens, with this five song EP. Think Cry Of Love jamming with The Black Crowes and Humble Pie, and you will have a pretty good idea about what these guys sound like. Introducing the band to you, they are as follows: Chris Attigliato (vocals/guitars), Cade Pickering (guitars), Bo Howard (bass guitars), and Landon Herring (drums).
With this hoary quartet, what it is all about is one thing – groove, and boy oh boy do they know how to do it in the most natural and organic way. Having used the word already, I can’t find a higher compliment than to say that their music could not be more organic, they have a genuine cocksure swagger – well deserved too, this is Rawk ‘n’ Roll at its most glorious.
Opening proceedings with the blistering title track, it’s straight into Southern Rock territory with sleazy slide guitars and a bump ‘n’ grind rhythm, Chris’s voice is a bourbon-soaked howl, and the song powers along with gleeful abandon. ‘Down To The Devil’ is a rock steady number, less frantic yet no less boot stampin’, it’s thunderous stuff, there is a pulsing and pounding feel to the song – and it simply works on every level.
‘Strawberry Blonde 24’ is a mid-paced and more ‘considered’ number (for lack of a better term). Here the band locks into a more relaxed groove initially, but as the song flows, so does the intensity grow before building to an inevitable crescendo. ‘Wolves’ is a slow burner of a song, the band slows to a loping gait, just allowing the lazy tempo to hit its sweet-spot, before building to a gloriously powerful chorus.
Finally, ‘If Your Name Is New York (Then Mine’s Amsterdam)’ has a gently almost acoustic verse, it’s a more reflective sounding number, with a wonderful lyric and an impassioned vocal delivery – Steve Marriott would definitely have approved. As the song progresses, we are treated to some soaring lead guitar work that finally ends the song in perfect style. If this is a taste of things to come? Colour me converted. Naked Gypsy Queens have everything it takes to build a very bright future, and I have very high expectations of them accordingly.