It’s always hard when someone you know asks you to review their band. It could be awesome… but what if it just isn’t your thing? or even worse, what if it’s shit? So when Andy Simpson of the legendary Don Fernando sent me a message and asked if I could listen to his new project Meathook, I thought I would do the usual thing of sending it on to someone else, but then I clicked on play…
So all you Tool fans who have been waiting 612 years for a new release, ‘The Beginning’ kicks off with an intro that would slot perfectly into Undertow, with riffs straight from the Blues For The Red Sun mixing desk, and a solo that goes on for miles; the song steamrolls across the great expanse covering everything from hard edged stoner to doom and all in between. There are no lyrics, no words, just like this review, nothing could truly describe the sound of this track, except that ‘The Beginning’ is the perfect introduction to Meathook, which will string you up by your ears and make them bleed for more. Continue reading →
Stoner legend Brant Bjork has been a frequent visitor to our shores, so when his tour was announced, all the desert rats come out in droves. Before the show at The Corner, Bjork had already played Negative Waves in Geelong and Cherry Rock at Cherry Bar. Along for the ride he bought Holy Serpent, Don Fernando and Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene.
It’d been a long time between beers since I’ve seen FTFDS so I made sure I was front and centre. As soon the riff for ‘Better Off Dead’ kicked in I was pinned to the wall. The unique thing about this band is the three part harmonies, it gives the performance incredible strength. They finish off with the sludgiest version of ‘Facing The Ruin’, by the end of the set my heart was in my throat and my ears were blasted, did I care? Not in the slightest. Continue reading →
Don Fernando’s latest LP is a ripping blast of stoner doom, chock fulla hot riffs, hotter sounds and epic playing. I love Sabbath as well as a shitload of the musical bastards they’ve spawned over the years and Don Fernando are up there with the best of them.
Some of the riffs are complex, and at other times just a battering ram plowing through the centre of your mind. There’s melody, tortured screams and dense, foreboding guitars. There’s a lot of cool interplay between the instruments that adds depth and texture too. Lyrically, they seem to be mainly dealing with personal issues, which I find adds to the emotional impact of the songs.
We’re extremely proud to announce that Desert Highways very own Don Fernando will be the main support for Clutch for the Sydney and Melbourne sideshows as part of their upcoming Australian Soundwave tour. Clutch is a definite favourite of ours and the band and we’re really stoked Don Fernando will be a part of what is set to be an amazing tour! Clutch have a massive history of solid releases and their latest Earth Rocker is undoubtedly one of their best!
We are very pleased to announce our second release on the Desert Highways label! It features Melbourne’s very own sexually misguided garage punk outlaws Grindhouse!
The CD will include ‘Dapto Dazzler’ and ‘Two Dollar Spoof Bin’. The release date and double single launch is Fri 14th Feb 2014 at The Old Bar (Fitzroy, Melbourne) with Don Fernando, Digger & The Pussycats and The UnAustralians. Check out the Facebook event for more details. These tracks are lifted from their up coming debut ‘Sleeping At The Peeps’ which is also to be released on the label. Continue reading →
The below 10 –> 1 list is from my HEAVY Magazine Staff Top 10 Albums for 2013 List, under that I had to add some more as it’s just so hard to narrow things down! Check out the HEAVY link for some more kick arse lists. Some amazing releases amongst them!