London-based alternative-psychedelic rock artist Sabatta presents the new album ‘How To Get Even’ via Blackfriars Entertainment), arriving after the trail blazed by two memorable funkadelic groove-laden singles – ‘Get Over Yourself’, an ode to the obliviously self-important, and ‘‘Get Your Shit Together’, a wakeup call to the masses. Here, listeners can experience multiple shades of a very particular hue.
From the opening drum rolls of the album’s first track ‘Something’ to the lilting final notes of album closer ‘Small Victories’, ‘How To Get Even’ is a bit like sitting in a South London dive bar with singer/guitarist , setting the world to rights until the sun comes up. The chorus of the opener defiantly announces ‘I can’t be something you want that I know I’m not!’, a sentiment that runs throughout the album, explored against the backdrop of a raw, spiky guitar sound and inimitable voice.
Revolving around guitarist and songwriter Yinka Oyewole, who was raised in Essex and is of Nigerian lineage, Sabatta crafts a raw and individual sound with spiky guitar and an inimitable voice, like a mix of Hendrix, QOTSA and early Red Hot Chili Peppers, strained through the sieve of South London. It’s no wonder with musical influences ranging from Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Tupac and Hendrix to Bad Brains, Thin Lizzy, Parliament / Funkadelic and Black Sabbath.
Produced and mixed by Oyewole, this album was recorded by Alex Franklinos at Shrunken Heads Studio (King Krule, Ghostpoet, Songdog, Domino Records) and mastered at London’s EC Mastering (Sony, Universal, BBC).
“‘My voice I was born with, but when it comes to guitar I wanted my own tone. I can’t expose the recipe BUT when I play you definitely know it’s me,” says Yinka Oyewole.
“While songs like ‘To Love Me Is To Know Me’, ‘Not Today’ and the title track ‘How To Get Even’ show a defiant and indomitable spirit, ‘Plugged In’ and ‘Here I Go Again’ respectively celebrate the importance of living in the moment and finding new love. Back-to-back tracks ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ and ‘Get Over Yourself‘ are almost like a yin and yang to each other, the former acknowledging struggle and the latter warning not to take it all too personal. ‘Get Your Shit Together’ is a mantra we all need to hear sometimes, while ‘One Chance’ is a deeper, darker tale of survival. ‘Take You There’ is an extraterrestrial blues riff fest, a 2-minute instrumental cosmic slop with furious guitar antics”.
Yinka Oyewole began making noise with Sabatta’s debut album ‘Middle Of the Night’ in 2015, their sound compared to Hendrix and QOTSA, but with an edge like Bad Brains and The Clash, the album’s lead single ‘Politician’ garnered national play on BBC 6 Music, setting the band off touring nationally.