Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

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by Indigenous
     
 
The biggest blues rock outfit in South Dakota, the Native American family band Indigenous fell on hard times after blasting their way to international acclaim in 2003. After three uncertain years, only guitarist/vocalist/principal songwriter Mato Nanji remains, with his relatives fallen by the wayside. No matter. Mato was the main attraction, with his dazzlingly

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The biggest blues rock outfit in South Dakota, the Native American family band Indigenous fell on hard times after blasting their way to international acclaim in 2003. After three uncertain years, only guitarist/vocalist/principal songwriter Mato Nanji remains, with his relatives fallen by the wayside. No matter. Mato was the main attraction, with his dazzlingly overdriven blues picking in a Stevie Ray Vaughn mode. Chasing the Sun has Mato's mitts all over it, and fans of powerful, by-the-books blues will thank him for doing what it takes to keep the music coming. The main difference from the band's debut, personnel aside, is in the vocal department, with Mato's gruff delivery working in soulful new directions. B-3 organ adds to the swampy vibe of tracks like "I'll Be Waiting," but make no mistake: Chasing the Sun is a blast of dry Texas guitar rock that would do ZZ Top proud. Blues fans looking for a new guitar hero have found one in this roadhouse warrior.

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Perhaps it was inevitable given the dominating presence of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Mato Nanji, that Indigenous would someday be a vehicle in all but name for the frontman. That day has arrived with the fifth album under the Indigenous moniker, but first to replace Nanji's brother (percussion) and sister (drums) with studio musicians. Even though, Pte, his bassist brother, is still listed in the credits, his contributions are minimal. Additionally only Nanji's photos adorn the booklet, which gives the impression that this is a solo album, and for all intents, it is just that. Regardless, it's a rugged, tough, at times roaring blues-rock disc that finds a strong groove and rides it like a jockey on a thoroughbred. Nanji's guitar and voice are front and center throughout, and the stripped down production by Steve Fishell (the Mavericks, Albert Lee, Willie Nelson) keeps the sound meaty and lean. Eight out of the ten tracks are written or co-written by Nanji with a driving version of Bobby Robinson/Tarheel Slim's "Number Nine Train" and a soulful take on Bob Dylan's "Born in Time" the only covers. Nanji's dusky baritone vocals, a combination of Hootie & the Blowfish's Darius Rucker and Jonny Lang, sink into his quicksilver guitar lines like a father into his favorite overstuffed chair. Much has been made of the guitarist's musical resemblance to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, and this album does nothing to dispel those voices. But, like Robin Trower who seems to be a major influence on the track "Leaving," Nanji takes the approach and twists it into something, if not entirely unique, at least distinctive. There's a frisky funk and R&B bottom to tracks such as "The Way You Walk" and the Robert Cray-ish "Fool Me Again" that grounds the album and provides a foundation for the riff-heavy tracks. Only the lone instrumental "Out of Nowhere" screams Stevie Ray so loudly, even Vaughan fans might be fooled into thinking it's a lost track from the Texas guitar icon. There are certainly similarities to other Indigenous albums on Chasing the Sun, but it also marks a new beginning for guitarist Nanji who, at least on the basis of this sturdy, unpretentious release, can leave the Indigenous label behind and go solo.
Billboard - Philip Van Vleck
The guy is a legitimate talent.... Nanji has arrived with a mean axe in hand and a genuine knack for rugged electric blues.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707980029
catalogNumber:
79800
Rank:
75086

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Chasing the Sun 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Falls short of their concert intensity, but a great investment none the less. If you get a chance to see these guys live, do it. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see Mato's reinvented Indigenous 2 nights ago with high expectations. I have been a fan and seen him many times with the family members that he has since DUMPED because someone got him to believe they weren't good enough. The sound mix was so BAD it was painful to my ears, it physically hurt. Mato came off so look-at-me egotistical it would have been laughable if it wasn't so offensive. New band members - nothing special, certainly no great improvement from his family which he obviously does not understand was a portion of his band's original appeal. I walked out on a 15 dollar ticket to save my ears. In the past couple days I have visited with a few people and they ALL said the same word "DISAPPOINTING". In summation - I highly recommend the early Indigenous recordings. I strongly advise you to AVOID the new and supposedly improved "Mato" and any new recordings. Hopefully he will come back down to earth and rediscover his roots but I doubt it. I gave 1 star only because the review format forced me to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the author of the "Egotistical Blowhard" entry should know what he's talking about prior to accusing Mato of "dumping" his previous band/family "Band info and Mato interview available at indiancountry.com" The band live is truly excellent and this disc carries on in the same tradition as previous recordings...smokin' blues-rock!