Hailing from the central city of Wuhan, Aberration translate their landlocked blues into a more musical and artistic package, coming out with the Rambling Road n’ Cold Heart, which hits with the force of unrestrained guitar bravado.
As part of the Wuhan based Wild Records, which has styled itself as VOICE OF YOUTH! VOICE OF WILD! Aberration certainly err on the side 60’s blues rock gods The Doors, or Canned Heat.
One of the more impressive parts of this band’s product is the artwork, which shows bands members ostensibly rocking out below a setting sun, with the dusty road beneath their feet. The shading negates to a bluish green which certainly recalls roadsy movies like Dazed and Confused or Road House.
It doesn’t take long for Aberration to assert their sense of pace, with Rock n’ Roll Place opening the record at a blistering pace. There is certainly something reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival in the band’s vocals. Perhaps tracks like Stay Away were forged in Chinese backwater Bai Jiu bars.
Their tracks are short and snappy, very listenable, they crunch with a pace and strength that is not often seen in this modern Chinese Music-scape. And it is also another classic example of archivist Chinese musicians returning to old and forgotten genres, resurrecting the Blues, putting their own particular spin on a sadly neglected movement.
Aberration certainly reflect the kind of Wild Youth that seems to be the rallying cry of Wild Records, in lyrics such as “Give me, give me, give me poison.” They jump from language to language, firstly spouting “Give me” in English, before shouting in its correspondent Chinese “Gei Wo”
On Cold Heart, we hear more of their actual blues, played out in slow burning guitar licks and a downtempo drum beat, with seedy harmonica squealing above it all.
Aberration find a way to develop an interesting and eclectic mix of Blues songs here, but don’t hold out much hope that they are the next big thing.