Friday, August 29, 2014

Fever Dog - (2014) Second Wind

Formed in 2006, Fever Dog began as three 6th graders in a garage as "Snot Rocket". By the fall of 2008 they had recorded and released the first self-titled six song E.P. In 2009 the first Snot Rocket full length album "Red Alert" was released with 10 songs and two videos. The Fall of 2010 saw the release of "Super Chevy", featuring ten tracks of pure rock and roll, and in the spring of 2012 they changed their name to "Fever Dog" and recorded their first album "Volume one" Released November 10th 2012. 2014 will see their second full length album "Second Wind" (Part two of a trilogy) featuring recent singles "Lady Snowblood" and "The Great Tree" , 8 more brand new original tracks, and a 22 page comic book Illustrated by Danny Graham and Written by Jason Graham. 

Where I found Volume One to be more urgent, a feeling of getting it over even before it began, Second Wind creates a much broader palette for the ears. "Obelisk", a soft instrumental, settles the listener down, seated if you will, ready to present the journey you are about to embark on. The two songs that follow, "Second Wind" & "The Back of Beyond", propel you into the desert, bleak, but not desperate – swirling rhythms, soft echoes, hard, but not too heavy. We come upon "The Great Tree", and indeed great it is.  At first brushed back by the air, a strong wind – it creates the perfect mind journey, a feeling of excitement, you’re not sure what is coming ahead, however chance suggests it will be rewarding – 6 minutes of heightened liveliness. "Iroquois" stomps on your brain, a sudden primary trigger for the senses, like rolling thunder in the great wide open - I can hear it over and over. Now you’re caught in the storm, heavy rock, dragged off of your feet, trapped in a funnel, "One Thousand Centuries" floats all around you – immediate loud guitars – psychedelic jamming, almost beautiful, stoned. "Rukma Vimana" offers the chance to clear the head, a more impactful instrumental this time around. "Hats Off to Andrew Bowen", at first, brains the mind through its manic playing, close to 4 minutes of pure hammering at the rocks, hyper drive guitars – oh, she settles down, lying bed to the sky, eyes closed head nodding – off on another journey in your mind, while you’re well aware that you've already been on one for awhile now. A wonderful  instrumental.  We are coming to a close very soon, an end to this eargasm. "Lady Snowblood/Child of the Netherworlds" is another long epic journey – not a continuation of the last song, but very much aligned with it. It enables the ears to embrace the idea that it is all coming to the end, and yet it really is just the beginning. We can see more clearly now, we understand the ride Fever Dog want us to take. We’ve seen the golden sea, we understand it better. We have come to "Nexus", the final song, but only for this chapter. We’ll continue to follow the path laid out for us by Fever Dog.

This album, to my ears, encompasses a wide range of influences, from 70’s hard rock, to space rock to late 90’s stoner rock & desert rock  (which btw, was one of the best times for said genres).  U can take a bit of Kyuss, Neil Young, Lowrider, Zeppelin etc..  a touch hear, a touch there.  A fantastic album, I highly recommend it, and certainly look forward to hearing more from the band (in particular Part 3 of this trilogy).  -WB

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CODO - (2014) Super-Magic Powerful

Another two-piece you say? Isn't this a thing of the past that was not so long ago? Maybe? Now, perhaps its just me, but I find music from Europe and South America refreshing. Sure, some of it is the same old thing if you will, but it just feels right. So let me introduce you to Codo. a hard rocking stonerish band from Spain. They kick things off with the rifftastic, that’s right, rifftastic, cause I like it like that, semi-ferocious beauty. They mean business here, and this kind of business is quite enjoyable. They gear down just a tad segueing into "What Are You Talkin' About", no worries though, they lay down some real nice jamming here, and it gives the song a nice twist. So far its damn fine, then I hit "Morune", what have we here? What a treat, more and more I'm becoming a sucker for a good instrumental, and lo and behold, we've got one. Not so dreamy it is, it wont help you escape to that far planet in your head but it will certainly keep you nodding, and we need more of that nowadays. The rest of the album is one highlight after another. I've got to be honest here, I thoroughly enjoyed every song. Nothing groundbreaking, but who is? In a way they remind me of Tweak Bird having sex with At Devil Dirt (musically of course) if you don't know these two bands, you're an idiot. Now, with that being said, if you have to, check those guys out too. Before you do that, give these guys a listen. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. There is no better feeling than finding a band that is relatively new (at least to me) and being completely won over at the first listen. Not many bands do this for me anymore. especially new strangers, who now have become friends to these ears. Easily a 7.5, if not 8 out of 10 here. Maybe 8.5, I really dig this. You will too. -WB

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Deaf Proof - (2014) Death Sounds Angry... and Hungry for More

The Band was formed in late 2006 by Pedro (d), Holger (b) and Fredo (v/g), later reinforced by Til (g). From that point of time they started jamming and working out their ideas. In autumn 2007 the band split up with guitar-player Til who was replaced by Phil. In early 2008 the band decided to substitute Holger and to search for a new bassplayer. But nevertheless Deaf Proof recorded their first demo that was released in April 2008. The bass on the demo was played by Phil. Deaf Proof found the new four stringer Angus in june 2008. In december the band unfortunately had to search for a new bassplayer again and in march 2009 JP joined the gang. Together they recorded a 2-track live-demo in july. The combo recorded the "Beyond the Orange Door Demo" from autumn 2009 till winter 2012 and released it in april 2013. In april Phil also left band, but Deaf Proof continue as three-piece.

Ever since I first heard the first demo from this German stoner-psyche band back in 2011, and then with last years "Beyond the Orange Door" demo I've kept their name "Deaf Proof" in the back of my head. Hoping to hear something new from this 3-piece outfit. Well the wait was over a few weeks ago when I was sent this new offering.

Three tracks, clocking in at almost 35 minutes, and in those 35 minutes there's enough fuzz and gristle to choke a mountain lion. Along with a bombastic assault of Kyuss flavored desert rock, and heavy doom blues riffs. With just the right amount of chill factor to keep things moving from stem to proverbial stern.

Kick back, load the riff pipe and enjoy this musical endeavor. Deaf Proof have uploaded the whole thing with a "name your price" offering on their Bandcamp page. With the promise of a compact disc (digipack)in the coming weeks.

-Adam Walsh-