Explore some Garage Rock From Primitive State

Garage Rock Band

Primitive State

Frank Starr Rock Zappa

Normally I would give a bit of biographical information on the artists I review to provide some context for the reader. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to go on with “Primitive State” except that it is a garage rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed by Troy Thomas after his father died and needed an outlet for what he was feeling.


On their latest album, “Frank Starr Rock Zappa”, “Primitive State” explore a from of indie rock that is part Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, part Pixies and Nirvana, part American gothic-era Nick Cave (think Henry’s Dream) and just a little bit Tom Waits. These are tracks that hint at tumbleweed, heat and life on the wrong side of the tracks. Standouts for me were “Streetwalker”, with its rock and roll swagger, the mariachi groove of “Wishbone” and the punk blast of “Hello God Again”. However, it is worth mentioning that this is a solid from start to finish – an homogenous album rather than just a collection of songs.


“Frank Starr Rock Zappa” is rough around the edges in places, but that is as it should be. Rock and roll is not meant to be polished – rather, it is meant to be (a little) raw and a challenge to the increasing sterility of our world. I enjoyed this album and would suggest that you take some time over the holiday season to give it a listen yourself.

Simon says 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating


Bandcamp: https://primitivestate.bandcamp.com/album/frank-starr-rock-zappa

Twitter: @StatePrimitive

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrimitiveStateBand/

Explore some Garage Rock From Primitive State


Cabinet Of Millionaires Stop The Coup Slick Electro and Perfectly Timed


Byron Langley Releases World Class Debut Indie-Pop EP

Elizabeth The Second Reveals First Garage Rock Single, ‘No One Cares’

Elizabeth The Second Reveals First Garage Rock Single, ‘No One Cares’

Indie Rock Band

Rock power trio Elizabeth The Second present their first single ‘No One Cares’. Loaded with swagger and spunk, this rhythmically pounding piece focuses on Camden with a vintage atmosphere – the perfect soundtrack for a night out on the town.

Elizabeth The Second are Ben Moro (guitar and vocals), Michele Venturini (bass guitar) and Luca Gallato (drums). Their music is influenced by The Clash, Blur, The Libertines, Artic Monkeys, Nirvana and The Stone Roses.

‘No One Cares’ is the first taster of their forthcoming debut album  ‘Two Margaritas at the Fifty Five’. Sonically, this music blends classic garage rock with punk and grunge accents. Frontman Ben Moro takes his vice to the boiling point, wavering between delicate parts and biting screams.

Formed in mid-2018 in Padova, northern Italy, this trio was born of shared excitement over music and its creation. The desire to return to play together between Ben and Michele old friends, were interested in playing together again after a significant gap, but it wasn’t until they met up with Luca that they found the magic formula for the band’s genesis.

The ‘Two Margaritas at The Fifty Five’ EP is a journey through impulsive sounds, seasoned with a captivating melodic compartment. It was recorded at the Hypnoise Recording Studio under the careful supervision of sound engineer Filippo Galvanelli and mastered by Giovanni Versari at La Maestà Mastering Studio (Muse, Afterhours, Verdena, Calibro 35, Nic Cester). 

This EP references everything that has been essential and musically formative for the trio – strong influences from the 90s and 2000s mesh tastefully with sounds borrowed from The Stone Roses and The Clash. Here, punk, grunge, indie rock and Britpop blend together under the clear influence of classic UK rock. The guitars are raw, well marked by the amps’ saturated and incandescent tubes, amalgamated by a pressing rhythmic compartment, sometimes on the frontiers of dance. The lyrics are inspired by the band’s daily experiences and the most impulsive and hidden outbursts, transformed into a stream of consciousness.

 ‘No One Cares’ is now available across online stores and streaming platforms. The full album ‘Two Margaritas at the Fifty Five’ will be released on November 9, well timed with their London gig at The Unicorn Camden Live that very evening for Punk’n’Roll Rendez-Vous.

All Songs are written by Elizabeth The Second
Produced by Elizabeth The Second
Recorded and Mixed by Filippo Galvanelli at Hypnoise Recording Studio (Vicenza)
Mastered by Giovanni Versari at ‘La Maestà Mastering’ (Muse, Afterhours, Verdena, Nic Cester, Calibro 35)

1. No One Cares
2. Mickey
3. Yesterday I Was 20
4. Soho
5. Gimme One Euro


Elizabeth The Second Reveals First Garage Rock Single, ‘No One Cares’



Sign up for our newsletter today.

Be a part of Music Talks and sign up to our monthly newsletter. Find out news, competitions and more! 

Sign up for the newsletter

Join today