Cado - Take Me Back EP
Info: Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!
Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!
In terms of celebrating a time and genre, the roots of rock n' roll music, Cado has hit the nail on the head with his debut EP release, Take Me Back. The title-track opens proceedings and it's instantly recognisable the style the artist has gone for, it's good old school swing rock as Cado snarls through a mix between Little Richard and Buddy Holly & The Crickets. Things heat up impressively with 'Record Machine', it's a pleasure to hear a track that sounds so authentic in its production, no way would you suspect it was written and recorded in 2016, here's the Chuck Berry leanings of Cado coming through, lovely borderline surf-rock guitar solos and locomotive percussion and rhythm all tie together expertly.
After the sweet 'Oh Baby' we close with the barnstorming and classic sounding 'Would You Dance?', like a new take on The Contours' 'Do You Love Me?' ponderous verses lead towards a raucous chorus, bringing the EP full circle. Cado has done his best to squeeze all of his influences into four tracks and impressively covers a lot of ground, in some ways it feels like a whistle-stop tour of the birth of rock and roll music, and it's impossible not to enjoy the ride.
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