THE LIZA COLBY SOUND REPS GARAGE-SOUL-PUNK’S FUTURE
By Sound Check
February 1, 2019
Liza Colby was made in the immortal mold of Tina Turner, back when she was fronting Ike’s Kings of Rhythm, and Lisa Kekaula, of the criminally under-appreciated Bellrays: a kick-ass front-woman who brings old-school soul revue energy to a timeless garage-punk sound. And it’s been a few minutes since New York City has seen a band like her quartet, The Liza Colby Sound, who rip up the classic Maximum R&B, “three chords + some heartbreak” songbook, in order to rewrite it from scratch.
Which is exactly what the new Liza Colby Sound single, “Thunder Rolling,” sounds like — a throwback blues chugger that evokes quarter jukeboxes, leather jackets and mini-skirts, and backyard shows with outdoor ‘cue pits and broken beer bottles. As you can tell from Kia Warren’s video, the whole thing begins with Colby, an unstoppable performer whose go-go moves and bravado push her into a rarified space. Liza Colby Sound are set to drop a more metallic, full-length album and take their show on the road to Europe. So now seems like the perfect time get to know this explosive soul-punk crew.