The Real Clash has been appearing in the pages of CL ever since nabbing a cover story back in November of 2013. At the time, the hip hop ensemble spawned from St. Pete College’s MIRA program was in the midst of ramping up their presence in the local scene, and more than two years later, having established a rep on both sides of the Bay, The Real Clash is finally unleashing a proper full-length.
Most of Clash Wednesday was produced at MIRA Studios and Rock Garden Recording, and the 11 tracks showcase TRC’s vibrant synthesis of hip hop, soul, R&B, jazz, funk and rock, taking the spirited live energy and chemistry they maintain so effortlessly on stage and refining it for the studio. The mix is good — you can actually hear what the drums, keys, guitar and bass are doing, both individually and as a well-oiled whole — and the production embellishments manage to enhance (and not detract from) songs that were already great before they were given the studio treatment. Case in point: the band’s anthem about burning up stereotypes, “Effigy,” has heavier drama by-way-of synth swells and strings plus a rather fine breakdown of beat-boxing and violins, while the clever bumping and creeping attack of “Stupid” has its own little percussive interlude tucked amid the fiery crashing “We get stupid, that means outrageous” chorus. Shadcore and Jay Acolyte still prove fine rap foils to each other, balanced by the melodic vocal thrust of Eliana “Voxx” Blanchard, who varies between robust belting, tuneful crooning and snotty rhyme-slinging.
The Real Clash presents Clash Wednesday at a bombastic Crowbar blowout this Saturday, with support from some other high quality hip-hop rooted talents: Flat Land, Dynasty and Rahim Samad.
The Real Clash Album Release Party takes place on Sat., Jan. 9, at 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City; admission is $10.
Courtesy of Creative Loafing Tampa