“Our band goes for it every live set and I think “Attitudinal Olives” reflects that vibe. Slee and this CD bring the hard, classic rock as if it’s pumping out of a custom muscle car stereo,” saysSlee lead vocalist Jim Seeland as he gave his overview of their aforementioned release.
Slee is comprised of Seeland, guitarist John “Barless” Pellichero, bassist Greg Bacsik and drummer Mark Sacco; this Jersey based band has been playing or performing together for more than three decades and with the release of this disc have reached a milestone in their collective career.
“It is a great feeling to finally get this music out for the masses to enjoy,” says Sacco. “When we originally started these recordings so long ago, the angst of youth came across and although we have matured as people; barely,” he said with a laugh, “I think that the current recordings still have a lot of that youthful vitality and unabashed debauchery that attracted us to playing music in the first place. The technical flair in the arrangements and performances still hold up now as they did when we first put this material together.”
“Attitudinal Olives” is titled as an “Homage” to an old band of the same name and this foursome of top-notch players who met during their college days do exactly that and more. From the cover photo to the liner notes and the suggestive rear picture, this disc grabs your attention and with what Seeland calls a, “Big attitude sound” rocks from beginning to end.
“Stop Being a Gentleman” is up first and touches upon the male quandary of when one meets a woman and doesn’t want to be too forward yet would love to just throw caution to the wind and cut right to the chase. With “Jungle drums” by Sacco, help from Maria Remboski and a blistering “Barless” guitar solo this is a fantastic way to kick off the party. “Atmospheric vocals” provided by Jodi Morgan, Jill Myra, Dana Sacco and Remboski lend a nice touch to this one as well; “First goes the shirt, then go the pants; what’s all this talk about sex? You ain’t got time for romance.”
Track #2 is an instrumental called “Z 7” and features some nice double bass work by Sacco and another searing guitar guitar solo by “Barless.” Prettydaring move for a second cut on an album of this nature but like the rest of this disc; it works.
Up next is “Write My Name” and simply put is a straight forward rocker. With some well- placed syncopation and a dynamic infused breakdown which serves as a build up to a strong bass laden finish.
Grand Funk Railroad would definitely approve of Track #4, a cover of their mega-hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.” This is the first of two remakes on the album and and it slips in seamlessly with the band’s originality and style without one wondering if it belongs; it does.
“Will Ya Ever?” is a semi-ballad infused with multiple sounding influences that takes one back to “Arena Rock” days of the 80’s and hair bands. You wouldn’t be necessarily wrong to feel Guns ‘N’ Roses, Poison, progressive rock overtones or maybe even some Jerry Garcia influences; a nice change of pace.
Next is an eclectic mix of timing and styles ranging from circus music to rock, to funk and all driven by Bacsik’s outstanding bass work. Should Geddy Lee and Les Claypool have a love child,“Contemporary Meat Market” would be its name. This onekeeps you guessing yet immediately sucks one in while in anticipation of where it’s going next.
Track #7 is the other cover selection on the record; an edgy version of the Eagles “Already Gone.” The crunchy guitar and driving rhythm take this one to another level.
“Onna Angle” is once again a return to just straight forward rock; different from the others in it seems to lack a bit of the punch of the previous seven but it doesn’t hurt the overall listening experience.
If the previous track lacked punch, the next one more than makes up for it. “I’m Your Thera P” starts off with a rippin’ bass line which is present throughout and features great in sync guitar and drum work; “La Villa Strangiato” anyone? Yeah, that just about sums it up.
“Luv Ya Hunny (It’s No Crime)” is a return to good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll with an 80’s metal sound. Smoking guitar and a strong bottom end with tribal drums are once again led by Seeland’s more than capable vocals; this one is a stand out cut for sure.
Track #11 is another instrumental called “Off White;” with twists and turns in every measure, don’t blink because you may just miss something.
Finishing off this 12 track beauty is “Walk Away, Walk Away.” Evoking visions of Rush and Jimi Hendrix wrapped in an in your face box. This was a perfect choice for a closer as it encompasses all this group of friends brings to the table and more.
“Attitudinal Olives” is definitely worth the investment and according to Sacco, seeing them perform these tunes in person is the penultimate experience.
“This is a great group of guys playing music from the hip and knocking it out of the park. We probably haven’t rehearsed in 30 years… but you would never know it when you see the band live!”
To purchase the record or discover more about Slee, please visit https://slee.band.