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Striving for unique blend

Jason Starr

Every band these days, it seems, plays some fusion of several genres. Many seek to blend blues, jazz and funk. Others hip-hop, metal and punk.Strive, which plays Sherpa & Yeti’s on Friday, is a blend to be sure, but one we haven’t heard before.On its album, “Matanuskathunderf**k” Strive’s gumbo is equal parts reggae, hip-hop and metal.It’s amazing this band could find this much revolutionary inspiration in the hills of Alma, where it formed more than a year ago, or this much rasta spirituality there.But the music exudes spirituality and the revolutionary ideals of traditional reggae.The band’s hip-hop influence is clear in its sampling techniques and occasional cursing lyrics. Also, the turntable is nearly ubiquitous and is the main soloing instrument on the album.The metal aspect of the band takes over many of the tracks, with slow and heavy grooves reminiscent of Metallica circa 1992.”Matanuskathunderf**k” is a good listen. It’s danceable, deep and has some catchy lyrical hooks and melodies.Pop it in before a day of skiing or riding – it’s one of those albums that will get you ready to rip.

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