Butchers of Sky Valley are set to release their self-titled debut album on November 5, 2013. The band originally consisted of vocalist Mike Mokotow and guitarist John Cosenza. Six years in the making, the album is full of songs that tell the stories of their journeys. Although still a part of the studio team, Cosenza stepped down from the band and it now consists of Davis Rowan on drums, Tim Brummer on guitar, and Jeff Knaster on bass. The band’s sound is a combination of blues and psychedelic rock.
The album is full of interesting sounds and the opening blues/rock track, “Black Magic,” introduces the listener to their unique sound right off the bat. The band also has heavier rock influences that show in songs like “Pony Up.” This song has a heavy feel but the sound in the psychedelic vocals remains consistent. “It’s Not The Pale Moon That Excites Me” plays off of the first line of the famous jazz standard “The Nearness of You” and further demonstrates the unique creativity the band has in their writing. The last song on the album, “Tatuniu,” is extremely different from the rest. It is an instrumental ballad dedicated to the fathers, both of whom have passed, of Mokotow and Consenza. It is a touching piece that consists primarily of guitar with subtle percussion.
If psychedelic blues/rock sounds like your cup of tea, be sure to catch the Buthcers of Sky Valley perform at their special show in NYC on October 24th 2013 at Santos Party House and catch the album when it drops this November.
The Review: 7/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Black Magic
– Pony Up
– It’s Not The Pale Moon That Excites Me
The Big Hit
– Black Magic
Review by Liz Lohnes