Machete - Unsheathed
Machete has been brewing in the depths of downtown Sacramento for many years. But it was a long road for each member to get to Machete. Sean, Jeremy, One, and Rozco have each paid their dues and have stayed loyal to Sacramento for quite some time. Machete is one of those bands that doesn't fit in a specific genre and can't be labeled as one type of sound. Each song goes from funky Sublime-esk nature, to in your face thrash punk. With their debut release, Unsheathed, Machete seem to have grasped what makes them excellent and channel it into 8 of the craziest songs you'll never forget.
I of course have to start out with the Sacramento epic, "Shoo Goo (1983)." Whether your a skater, a pothead, a Sacramento native, or just a regular guy with a boring desk job, you will find yourself addicted to this song in particular. You can dance to it, you can headbang to it, you can even get high to it. It's just one of those songs that grabs you by the ear and never lets go. The lyrics are humorous and in the eyes of many, relatable. My favorite song from Unsheathed has to be "Emergency." It has that raw punk power that blows you away with the vocals of "Rozco the Great" to match. Along with the funky bass beats exploding through Sean Navin's amp, melding with the screaming guitar coming straight from One Tafari, and the pulse-pounding drums from the one and only Jeremy Nauman make "Emergency" a must for any listener. If I had to condense Machete's sound into two words, I'd have to say that their sound is funky punk.
There are a few songs in which the band kind of stray away from their funky punk sound. It's not a huge deal, it's a good sign to see some variety in an album. But Machete is heading in the right direction as far as the music goes. The band has such a unique sound that makes me proud to live in the 916. It's funky, it's nasty, it's beautiful, and it's fun. I know in my heart that Machete are going to make it big. You can't be denied success when you have four of the nicest people in the world making some of the most explosive music in the world.
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