Wow. Just wow. This was my first reaction to hearing “Alive”, the new track from the upcoming album “Pull the Trigger” by Shikobi. This song really hits you in the feels.
The first thing that I notice about the song is the driving bass of Marco Barrientos. The guy is a modern John Entwistle! Complimenting the melodic basslines are the chordal assault of guitars of Luke Hession and pounding beat courtesy of Dylan Hayden. As if that might have been all, the song is beautifully topped off by the soaring and angst-ridden vocals of Aaron Hession.
Put this all together and you have the modern anthem of the anti-hero as this song snubs it’s nose at everything that conforms by going the opposite direction of everything mainstream and pulling it off with the bravado that only a select few of the truest musicians can achieve. Well done!
Pull the Trigger is set for release September 23, 2016.
Raw and emotive hard rock collective Shikobi, has quickly found success with their unique blend of experimental hard rock, funk and hip-hop. The group formed in January 2014 with Australian brothers Aaron and Luke Hession writing songs in their Gold Coast home. Fueled by their intense live show, Shikobi went from a local garage band playing DIY gigs to a successful touring band selling out high-profile venues in less than a year. The hard rock group also landing a coveted #1 spot on the top 100 countdown on Australia’s famed Triple J Unearthed radio station.
With a twist of fate, Aaron and Luke decided to relocate to Los Angeles where drummer Dylan Hayden and bassist Marco Barrientos, joined the band to complete the lineup in April 2015. Since then, Shikobi has been building a steady following in the US.
Shikobi’s debut EP “Pull The Trigger” is reminiscent of early Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The four-track release recorded at the famed London Bridge studios in Seattle, showcases the group’s signature sound of soaring melodic rap and rock vocals with heavy and explosive guitar riffs. The leading single “Here We Go Again” commands the listener’s attention with catchy hooks over grungy and gritty instrumentation. “Pull The Trigger” is a powerful anthem addressing the important issue of gun control and lack of gun laws in the US. All in all, the EP is hard-hitting, energetic and evocative.
“We cannot ignore and must address key social issues. But there is a time to dance, love, party, and celebrate the lighter side of life.”
– Aaron Hession