When you hear that a punk record has been entwined with The Wizard of Oz, it throws up a plethora of questions.
For Prince Daddy & The Hyena that is exactly what they have done with new record Cosmic Thrill Seekers.
It is a brave step for the band to try and branch out further than just being a quote unquote punk band, but there is an element of feeling a bit disjointed.
The band has said they wanted to construct this record like a film and play it out in three acts, which there are clear breaks in the album, but it leaves some parts of the record leaving a stronger impression than others.
Throughout the record the struggles vocalist Kory Gregory has with his mental health, while the album explores the heart, brain and roar of the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion from The Wizard Of Oz. However, it is not all that clear when listening to the album.
Rather than coming in with a big impact right off the bat with opening track ‘I Lost My Life’ it is not until you are roughly halfway through the album that Prince Daddy & The Hyena start to rattle through the gears.
Gregory’s strained vocals are a constant throughout the record, but it is some of the more subtle elements to the record where Prince Daddy & The Hyena. The introduction of brass elements and the more softer guitar tones are where the band should focus rather than the aggressive punk nature they are trying to portray.
It isn’t until the third act of the album where things do start to become a bit more interesting.
The final run of three tracks ‘Trying Times’, ‘Klonopin’ and ‘Wacky Misadventures of the Passenger’ are arguably the records three strongest songs, but some listeners may not have got that far.
Musically there are moments of inspiration from Prince Daddy & The Hyena, but it is the constant tone of vocalist Gregory which at times hinders the enjoyment of this record.
Cosmic Thrill Seekers by Prince Daddy & The Hyena is out on Big Scary Monsters records on June 28