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Black Ink – self titled EP

| 8 August 2013 | Reply

July 2013
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Black Ink EP

Take one look at Black Ink and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was another clone of a clone of an AC/DC tribute band – well, apart from the fact that they’re Maories and a couple of them have dreadlocks down to their knees – but you’d be dead wrong as there’s a depth to their debut EP that boasts of far more diverse and interesting influences.

Opener Bones is as pub rock as the band are likely to get, featuring a blues rockin’ riff with a pinch of something heavier during the bridge. It’s catchy and well paced, but the real jewel in the crown is the swinging boogie ballad No Goodbyes, a soaring swooner of a love song that sees Adam Ririnui really sink his teeth into the vocal and Jarrad Kidd play a great solo while Scott Taumata and Bones Ririnui nail down a great rhythm and a funky break before the outro.

Closer Bodies seems simple enough on first listen, but once again Black Ink seal the deal with solid performances and catchy melodies. Keep an eye out for their debut album later in the year.

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