Generous Maria - Command of the New Rock
Göran Florström is the Pavarotti of the Rock n' Roll underground. I don't know of another voice that is this distinctive (unless you you're talking Dixie Dave from Weedeater...but that's a whole 'nother story and it has nothing to do with Pavarotti). Göran has a powerhouse set of pipes and that vintage David Lee Roth look that give him the whole rockstar aura. Rumours have it that windows shake in their native Gothenberg when GM rehearse, and members of In Flames and Opeth have pissed their pants in fear... just kidding. But that'd be funny.
Command of the New Rock is Generous Maria's first
full length and the sound that was pioneered on the Generous Maria/Skua split CD
a couple years ago has held steady. The boys are perhaps a little more prone to
add a bit of bong-influenced sonic exploration to their big ol' RAWK sound,
evident on tracks like "All Units are Out", "Bridge Out of
Time" or "Soulflight" which is probably as mellow as you are
gonna find GM. It's great to hear the band relax and stretch out a bit and adds
a previously unknown dimension to a band known for rocking-the-fuck-out. There
are dynamics here, ladies and gentlemen. All other bands please take note.
I've been a big fan of Generous Maria since their Strict Nurse demo. Command of the New Rock just seals the deal for me. They are one of the best and most distinctive rock bands on the scene today. Pay attention, go see 'em live.