The rock-rap outfit of El Pus didn’t know that on one fateful day an act of thievery of their sampler would ultimately change the fate of the band’s sound.
The sound that manifested itself in this 5-piece band is like something you have heard before, but has been mixed up and blended into a whole new punk/ rap hybrid.
Once El Pus’ sampler was stolen, they decided to use their musical skills to their advantage and jammed with instruments in their Virgin Records debut.
El Pus is a band that does not fit into a mold and with their new CD, Hoodlum Rock: Vol.1, they combined their mentors of N.W.A and Led Zeppelin.
The band’s influences helped this eclectic band fuse rap and rock seamlessly.
The 13 songs in the collection have a strong energy and good hooks that get you singing along (even if you can’t rap).
The band comes from Atlanta, as does Outkast, which might bring some comparisons of the two.
While they both skew the normal hip-hop mentality with their music, they are not one and the same.
El Pus is much more rock-driven and would be more at place on KROQ than on Power 106.
The party vibe that is echoed on the majority of tracks gives a sense of how captivating the band would be playing live.
Two songs that capture this live, raw energy are showcased on “Monday Morning” and “Suburb Thuggin.”
The first song fits the mold of a party anthem, while the latter song shares the band’s dislike for people who try to be something they are not.
Switching it up on “Days of the BK’s (I Remember).” the band reminisces about their childhoods where “British Knights and neighborhood fights” were what they knew and “summer nights, it all felt right” was their mantra.
This song shows the diverse style of the band, bringing it down a notch into more melodic tunes.
El Pus have been around since the late ‘90s, but is just now showing their capacity to get out there in the mainstream, with the band being shown on MTV/MTV2’s Advance Warning special in April.
The rap/rock genre has had short-lived popularity in the past, with bands such as Korn and Cypress Hill, but El Pus seems to have a fresh outlook on the scene and they therefore should not be overlooked.