This is PCP's first album. Drummer Derrin Pinto, bassist Michael Cassidy, and guitarist Trevin Pinto offer an interesting take on the hard rock/space rock jam band. These six instrumental rock improvisations are based on solid riffs. The drummer and bassist sound like Siamese twins, very tight and following the same train of thoughts. Trevin Pinto turns out to be resourceful, capable of delicate soloing and crunchy riffing. The CD sports the mention "no edits, no overdubs, no regrets." Well, maybe one regret: the tracks are too long; they linger on. Although Cassidy may be trying to spice things up by constantly modifying his bass parts (and he's a fantastic player), the fact is that PCP milks its grooves to the very last drop. "Phantom of the Chakra" would have made a great five-minute track; clutching at it for 12 minutes dilutes its impact. The same applies to "Combustión Espontánea #3." "Wham Me" is another story. Here, the piece deserved a ten-minute exposition. Its hard funk edge and, once again, Cassidy's admirable work give it the feel of a mid-'70s Stanley Clarke piece. On softer, spacy numbers like "Captain Eno," the group loses its bar band attitude to turn into a synth-less version of Djam Karet. In short, V1 contains many promises and manages to convince for a first effort.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture