Pulse Magazine September 30, 2015 By Jennifer Russo
Sheez Late / GO
For anyone under the impression that all bluegrass and folk-flavored music is feeble and fragile, full of sit-back-on-a-rocking-chair ditties, it’s time for you to listen to GO by Sheez Late. A bluegrass and folk recipe for the 21st century, GO is a perfect example of how a specific style of music can push itself and border other genres and influences, creating something new and fresh.
GO has the DNA of straight-up rock ’n’ roll attitude. Sure, it could be classified simply as folk rock, but even that would be an understatement. If played on electric guitars, many of the songs here would fit neatly into the rock realm. That’s not to say they still couldn’t, but rock traditionalists likely would not concur with the twang and spice dashed on top. However, one gets the feeling that Sheez Late is just fine with staking out its own parcel of land.
“Guillotine” is a brash and heavy, in-your-face number that shouldn’t work with banjos, but somehow does, as Ron Roy sings, “Time to face the guillotine” in an angry and directive voice. Many of the songs here are similar in tone, while some (like the play on words of “Hard Attack”) are upbeat and filled with carnal intentions. The standout track is the dark “Leave Me Alone.” A song more heavy in heart than sound, “Leave Me Alone” is a strong showing of stirring emotion that proves Sheez Late can also hit the heart and get deep.
Scott McLennan Worcester Telegram and Gazette 2008
“Sheez Late flourished in the early 1990's, releasing its first album around the time Nirvana's "Nevermind" was shaking up attitudes about music. Sheez Late was ready for the new guard, mixing up scrappy garage punk with weirder elements plucked from the rock 'n' roll spectrum. At its peak, the band was a big draw in the clubs, dutifully covered in these pages and those printed by the alternative press covering the city's music scene, and a staple on local music radio programs.”