Ajeva / Press

“The bassist and percussionist from The Real Clash play bass and drums in Ajeva. I know this because said bassist insisted I come see his other band, and if Real Clash hadn’t been so good, I probably wouldn’t have. The singer has good pipes and can belt out a strong melody but my initial impression of the St. Pete outfit is ‘just another reggae rock band,’ which changes pretty quickly as they keep the energy pumping and hit on ska, dub, blues and aggro heavy funk rock territory ala Rage Against the Machine. The most interesting part of the set is a mostly instruments-free jam, during which the drummer shows off his beatboxing chops and loops them into a jam filled out by vocal scats and utterings from the lead singer, percs texture, and various other odd sonic accoutrements.”