The Bellrays have made abundantly clear their disdain for the somewhat overused description of them as "the MC5, fronted by Tina Turner," and perhaps with good reason. It's not that the reference is off the mark, but it is an oversimplification. Sure, such Bellrays staples as "Testify," "Dark Horse Pigeon," and "Cold Man Night" bring to mind the hard and easy tenseness of Ike & Tina, driven by the high-octane power of the White Power Party. But listen carefully, and you'll also find traces of the psychedelic blues jams of War, the ragged and expansive flurry of Big Brother & the Holding Company, the bottom-heavy rock of Sly & the Family Stone, and the emotive soulfulness of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. The Bellrays refer to all these and more -- without sounding particularly like any one.
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