This Canadian soul/rock band began refining their sound years ago before dropping this labor of love in July. Formed by guitarist Nick Cifaldi and singer Chantel Rivard, Pacanomad became the fully realized songwriting machine after employing the rhythm section of drummer Zack Stewart and bassist Dave Bell. Their debut kicks off with as strong blues groove that is not unlike the early days of the Black Crowes. The lusty alto Rivard is overflowing with the soul to balance the scales and keep them from being just another rock band. At times this is executed in a similar manner to Maroon 5's middle road , the big difference being is that these guys are way more organic. They don't rely on the over produced radio sound. The band has captured a warm sound , harkening back to the type of production that Brendan O Brian made popular in the 90's with artists like Pearl Jam.
The band can blend with different styles while maintaining there own sound. They start to shift into a more retro 70's soul sound but retain rock drive. Their singer's voice has the punch to push the melodies in your face and shove the hooks into your mind. Delicately thoughtful guitar sets the tone for the title track. This gives the vocals room to play with. Rivard uses this space to form melodies with a greater se depth and dynamics. It's like a modern rock version of what Amy Winehouse or the artists that sprung up after her death such as Adelle, have done with 60's girl group soul.
"Tell Me Not to Doubt" follows a similar formula , but with more groove injected into it, resulting in something closer to what Bonnie Raitt might do. The rhythm section of drummer Zack Stewart and and bassist Dave Bell shine and Stewart really nails the point home that While there is no question t that a band is only as good as there drummer. He can go from rock to the pop inflected reggae undercurrent of "Till it's Mine". This element is enough to for Rivard to twist her phrasing and show the Gwen Stefani influence that is keep in the closet up until this point. Their punchiest rock moment comes at the build up of this song which is a fitting way to close out the album. For a debut this is really strong effort, the bands strength lies in a balanced display of chops and memorable songwriting. They are still defining who they are, but have a pretty solid foundation laid out to do this as they know where rock music started. So with this knowledge of where they came from, there is no limit to where they might go in the future. If soulfully organic rock is your thing, then you will get hooked in no time and find yourself looking forward to where they might go from here.