Cairo Son’s latest album Storm Clouds was released back in March. Not being aware of this band myself and being particularly interested when I saw their sound was labeled as “stoner”, I decided to take a listen.
I first listened to Devils Tongue, which begins with a “one, two, one two three four” beat (it’ll make more sense when you hear it, trust me), before getting straight into the guitars and bass. All other instruments shut off for a few moments while the guitar makes a quick solo of the same melody, before they jump back in again. We then get to hear the vocals, which blends in nicely with the style of the song. The track very much follows the same melody throughout, but not in a way that gets annoyingly repetitive. It’s a good, and a kind of catchy melody. There’s also lyrics like “welcome to the dark side of my mind” and “no angels here to make things right”. I’m reminded of Metallica a little bit, but that’s not to say Cairo Son are exactly like them. Not at all.
Next up was Lion In A Cage, which is introduced with another drumbeat before the guitar and bass are added to the mix. The vocals then make their appearance, singing about how they feel “trapped like a lion in this cage”, and that there is only one way to escape. As the track progresses, there is the feeling of betrayal and a bit of hatred in this song as the vocalist sings “because of you I wear these chains” and “because of you I’ve lost my way”. Some very creative metaphors indeed.
Looking on Cairo Son’s Soundcloud page, the band claim that they will “restore the faith you’ve lost in music”. Well, it’s fair to say that a lot of popular chart songs are a little…rubbish, to say the least. Not that all of them are though but if you’ve honestly lost faith in music, then the guys of Cairo Son may just be able to restore it for you.