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Rock To Punk/Soul band Blood Sugar X's latest “The Dead Dumb Happy Life vol 2.” #SoundCheck

Blood Sugar X burst back onto the music scene earlier this summer after a 7 year hiatus with The Dead Dumb Happy Life vol. 1. Continuing this week's unintentional theme of “new releases by genre-busting bands who had disappeared for a while but now are back hooray!” (the name tested great in the focus group...), Xavier Dphrepaulezz and company are back with Volume 2.

It's an aggressively and gloriously disjointed piece of soul-punk. Finding common ground between Prince, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, and Fishbone, Volume 2 leans more on riff rock than it's predecessor. The record is heavier and darker, but also more ambitious. The totally insane (in a very good way) album highlight “Jesus Help Me Now” especially jumps between hip-hop, punk, folk, and hard rock faster than you can follow along. Guitarist Masa Kohama does his best Tom Morello, stretching and mutating his guitar past recognition while Dphrepaulezz decimates a poor microphone that never did anything to him.

Elsewhere, the band blends disparate influences more, as on the bluesy “Honey Child,” and “People Call Me Crazy.” The two tracks are more Zeppelin than Rage, but with the bizarre hooks that made Blood Sugar's 2004 debut Crack Smack Sugar Shit Pop so addictive. There are no plans for a Volume 3 any time soon, but hopefully it wont be 7 more years before we hear from Xavier Dphrepaulezz.
The record is available through the band's bandcamp right now on a pay-what-you-can basis (see music player above).

- Words by Nathan Leigh

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Comment by Antjuan Oden on September 27, 2012 at 11:44am

Nicely done mate!
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Comment by NAKED TRUTH on September 24, 2012 at 11:54pm

I LISTEN TO EVERY SONG AND HONESTLY AT THE END OF PPL CLL ME CRZY I CAN ONLY UTTER ONE WORD AWESOME ! SHOULD BE ON EVERY RADIO STATION PLAYIN ALL OVER THE WORLD YOU GUYARE SOME BAAADDD DUDES PEACE ! I AM HE DWATTS  OF NAKED TRUTH NOW GET IN THE PIT !!

Comment by NAKED TRUTH on September 24, 2012 at 11:36pm

THESE GUYS ARE STUPID DAMN ! YOU GUYS KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET WHAT A SOUND ! WOW ! PEACE AND LOVE

Comment by multifacets~flux on September 21, 2012 at 1:05pm

BLOOD SUGAR! can't wait to see them live :D


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