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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/

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