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“Some Like It Hot” by Executive Order

Leave it to compelling genre-benders Executive Order to make us realize just how desperately stuck indoors we all are. With single “Some Like It Hot,” the band has arrived on the scene aching for the cure-all quarantine remedy that comes in the shape and form of a rock and roll concert, something they want listeners to know they are more than qualified for (and primed to deliver on.) The thing is, the concert might have to happen in the comfort of your own home between your ears with as comfortable a pair of headphones that you can find. Worry not, however, as the music will more than transport you to a place fitting for a one-person dance contest.

The ever-interesting rock trio Executive Order consists of three core voices behind the music: first, there’s Joseph Olson who makes his place in the band known with his lead vocals and songwriting prowess, the latter of which harkens back to Prince as much as it does 80s hair metal. Second, James Anthony Hewahewa Christian fills in on bass by bringing in a vast array of backgrounds with his experience in blues, country, Hawaiian, funk, R&B, and rock bands within his career. Finally, Rich Elg closes off the three with his guitarist flair clearly inspired by the great Blues guitarists of old as well as rock legends Steve Vai and Eric Clapton.

The core melody and structure of the song isn’t necessarily challenging or groundbreaking, with a fairly simple opening riff serving as the basis for the song’s foundation, but the performance and how “Some Like It Hot” is pulled off is what grabs the attention first and foremost. From the first seconds, you’re made aware of how much fun and pride went into the recording and songwriting processes.

The music feels injected to exceed all possible parameters with additions of a brass section only upping the ante. I can’t speak for the rest of the album as “Some Like It Hot” is only the first track on the album All Bleed Red, but rest assured that the album opens with an explosive start. It’s worth shouting out the session drummer (George Beck-Millan) and guest backing vocalist (Annie Kamiya of Mango Season Music) that bring great chemistry and charisma to only further layer the track in great vibes.

The band helms from the great state of Hawaii, and their music hammers home the Hawaiian attitude as it comes ready to play and ultimately wears its shirt slightly unbuttoned as if to say “Don’t think too hard about it, this is a party.” As the song comes to its finale, listeners will have a hard time placing it within a set genre and that’s ultimately part of the band’s master plan. Executive Order seems focused on performing their own music in a matter of styles and genres unable to find a place within one singular box. Time will tell, but this approach is a surefire way to keep things fresh and eclectic as Executive Order continues to grow and create.

Mindy McCall

The music of Executive Order has been heard all over the world in partnership with the radio plugging services offered by Musik and Film Radio Promotions Division.  Learn more https://musikandfilm.com

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