Ampedsounds November 7, 2011
Prepare to get your ears rocked by some definitively well-orchestrated tunes. San Francisco’s own Abatis is a Rock/Fuzz/Garage band whose killer guitars, slamming drum sequences and penetrating vocals are as razor sharp as their namesake implies. Sean Wagner (lead guitar/vocals), Ben Lauffer (drums), and Stuart Masslehbrown (bass/vocals) have comprised a ground breaking dynamic opus that commands the utmost attention.
Abatis uses their remarkable instrumentalism as the catalyst to reach the listener as heard on the trashing rapid paced track “Brother” (I Hope You Can Run). Wagner’s guitar skills take center stage as chords slash through pronounced kicks and an infectious bass line with the precision of 300 Spartans attacking Persian enemies. Masslehbrown keeps it funky of the intense and sonically vivid “Set a Fire”. From the opening seconds, the prominent bass groove is the cement that holds this picturesque sculpture together. Lauffer punishes the drums like a red-headed step child on “Salt Hands”. His prevailing drum rolls and powerful cymbal/kick stabs land with the force and precision of artillery rounds excavating a battlefield. This is bona fide workout music at its finest.
If you’re like many who like me have trouble getting out of the start blocks in the morning, you should start your days off right with heavy doses of Abatis. Their infectious music will get you up and moving like a double shot of espresso mixed with copious amounts of sugar. You can get their latest offering “Electric Dead” on iTunes.
You can find the review HERE