Black Mirrors – Funky Queen (EP Review)

Black Mirrors – Funky Queen (EP Review)

Black_Mirrors_4_color_b_c_Nanna_Dis_2016Belgium is best known for its chocolate, waffles, beer, and baked goods. Oh, and Brussels sprouts. None of these things are particularly Rock-n-Roll, are they? Thankfully, Black Mirrors are about to change all listener’s preconceived notions, placing Belgium and Brussels back on the map, musically speaking. Brace for impact, Black Mirrors’ debut EP, Funky Queen, arrives Friday, March 3, 2017 via Napalm Records.

A brand-spanking-new Alternative/Garage Rock group out of Belgium, Black Mirrors are ready to make waves. Vocalist Marcella Di Troia, Guitarist Pierre Lateur, Bassist Gino Caponi, and Drummer Edouard Cabuy are a quartet of musical friends from Brussels who came together to rock in late 2013.

A talented assemble, they list their collective musical influences as ranging far-afield, from classic rockers Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix to Jack White and Queens Of The Stone Age. Currently on tour in Europe, their style/sound is bound to break through to markets internationally. 

A delicious four-track preview of their all-encompassing Rock sound, the Funky Queen EP merely scratches the surface. Expect great things from these Belgians’ brand of bass-heavy, raw, sensual Rock-n-Roll; there is Funk, Soul, raw emotion, and balls-to-the-walls grit.

From title track “Funky Queen,” a straight-up, funky, female-fronted Alternative Rocker the likes of Janis Joplin fronting Queens of the Stone Age, to the bass-heavy grooves of “Kick Out the Jam,” this band should not be overlooked. Di Troia’s feminine lilts and inflections provide the perfect emphasis on “The Mess,” while “Canard Vengeur Masqué,” which just might translate to “Masked Vengeance Duck,” is an equally solid and impressive offering, despite its wacky title.

Those who like bass with music, funky riffs, delectable grooves, and underproduced, raw emotional Rock that harkens back to a darker day, do look into that mirror soon. You know, the Black Mirror! Black Mirrors’ Funky Queen EP is a delicious, lascivious whetting of the musical palate. For these reasons, CrypticRock demands more and gives this EP 5 out of 5 stars.

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Jeannie Blue
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Jeannie likes to joke that she is little, yellow, blue, and different. She seemingly popped out of her mother's womb with a pen in her hand and has been writing ever since. Many moons ago - in what feels like a separate lifetime - Jean was co-editor of an online music magazine that afforded her great opportunities to interview and photograph some of her favorite bands/musicians: Tommy Lee, Good Charlotte, Warrant, Bring Me The Horizon, My Chemical Romance, Sevendust, New Found Glory, Deftones, Poison, VH-1 "Band On the Run" Flickerstick, an endless list of unsigned locals, and so many others. These days, she can usually be found hiking aimlessly through the woods in her favorite Technicolor sneakers with a Nikon in hand and her rescue dog, Molly, who is a bit hare-brained.

2 Comments
  • Vivian Alvarado
    Posted at 20:59h, 10 March Reply

    I’ve been wanting to read this review ever since you posted the link on FB. Definitely going to check this band out, they sound badass!

    “Belgium is best known for its chocolate, waffles, beer, and baked goods. Oh, and Brussels sprouts.” LMAO @brussel sprouts

    • Jeannie Blue
      Jeannie Blue
      Posted at 22:01h, 24 May Reply

      LOL Thanks, Vivian! You make me smile, you’re such a doll. 😀

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