CRYSTAL SPIDERS ‘Molt’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

Molt starts with a primitive, grinding bassline that creeps outta the speakers, and oozes across the floor. The sound is akin to a huge, lurching monolithic machine that gently crushes all in its path, like some kinda doom-powered Sandcrawler.

Crystal Spiders is a side-side project of Brenna Leath (The Hell No, Lightning Born) who handles the low end, guitar and vocals. Tradd Yancey (Thirsty Curses) beats things with sticks, contributes some vocals and also plays drums in this dynamic duo. The band play some hefty, Sab-influence lo-fi doom. But then again, who hasn’t been influenced by Tony and co? Well. Maybe Patsy Cline, but let’s not hold that against her. She’s alright! The songs are eclectic, potent and charged with a liquid maniacal edge that easily drew me into its’ shimmering web.

‘Trapped’ is some meaty grind, and a classic opener, although title tune ‘Molt’ does kick things up a notch, touching on a slightly more Detroit-ish kinda riffarama. Across the whole shebang, the playing is tight and effective, with a plethora of chunky riffs and squalling guitars to add flesh to the bones. With Brenna’s roaring vocals, you have the final piece of the puzzle to bind the sound together.

Brenna lured Lightning Born co-conspirator Mike Dean (Corrosion of Conformity) in to lend a hand on the production of Molt, and the result is thick, fuzzy and with a distinctive primal, lo-fi howl. Throw in some spooky, ethereal tracks like ‘Fog’ and the drum and vox ‘Headhunters’, and you’ve got a cool timewarp back to the ‘70s for your next nude Twister on acid shindig. It’s a whole bunch of fun, and just to keep you on ya toes, got more sides than that Gemini ex who keeps stalking you. Go on, if you try it, you’ll like it!

Crystal Spiders Molt is available now through Ripple Music HERE.
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BISMUT ‘Retrocausality’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So Dutch band Bismut were a completely new unit to me prior to this but a live stream of ‘Obscuramento’ piqued my interest. Long songs, no vocals, played by a power trio who seem to have locked horns in some kinda deranged psychic rehearsal room cage match. Last man playing wins the jackpot! A serious project to undertake, I’d say.

Retrocausality is, as you’d expect from the premise, a hefty, liquid soundscape. Each track is finely crafted, and the band themselves can play like absolute motherfuckers, and throw into the cauldron some red-hot effects wizardry, you got in ya hands one of the most interesting records of the year. Continue reading

KITCHEN WITCH ‘Earth And Ether’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

Born and bred in South Australia back in ‘13, Kitchen Witch are a solid, dirty little stoner-blues quartet, fronted by vocalist Georgie Cosson.

Together they lay down fat and trippy riffrock grooves, and some ripping, fuzz-drenched guitars unleashed by Conor Kinsella. Simon Elliott and John Russo (bass and drums respectively) provide a rock solid backing for these seriously hefty stoner doom tunes.

The songs on Earth And Ether have a deeply eclectic Aussie tone to them as well.

‘Cave Of Mischief’ could provide an excellent soundtrack for when the band is cruising into the Jerramungup Roadhouse for a gig whilst the amazing ‘Sunrise’, with it’s lumbering, behemoth riffs could steam roll the earth with it’s creeping momentous peak. Continue reading

BISMUT ‘Oscuramento’ Video Release.

Oscuramento is the opening track for Dutch progressive heavy psych power trio Bismut’s new album, Retrocausality set for release on the 25th September 2020.

Oscuramento means blackout in Italian, which fits the overarching theme of the record – a dark, non-linear interpretation of time. Recorded live in one take, its ominous and powerful grooves make for a deeply satisfying journey through Bismut’s many musical influences. The video combines Bismut’s recent live rendition of the song for Sonic Whip’s live stream with a visual adaptation of the record’s artwork – which was made by award-winning artist’s Studio Another Day and Maria Dabrowski.

Drummer Peter described his experience of the live stream as follows. “We were on fire, lost in time and space, delivering a superb show. We satisfied our need for flow and showed the world we are a band to be reckoned with.” Continue reading

BUTTERFLY ‘Doorways Of Time’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

In this foul year of our lord 1347, a vile black pestilence has blanketed our land, destroyed our crops, decimated our farm beasts and carried many of our people to the other side. Our leaders have taken to behaving more like jesters whence holding court, and the frozen air we breathe rains a disease that settles in the lungs and suck life from all those exposed to it.

But all is not lost; a band of minstrels, veterans of many a campaign, have arrived, seemingly through a Doorway Of Time, in our once glorious land and taken up arms against our foes, battling all with a powerful lust to destroy the sinners and restore our paradise to its former glory.

Butterfly is the new band for a hardened handful of rock and metal veterans (members spending time in bands like Abremalin, Earth, Mass Confusion, Hobbs Angel of Death). They have a neat line in heavy rock’n’roll, with shades of Blue Oyster Cult, early ‘70’s folk music and a cauldron full of “meat and potatoes” metal, screaming dual solos and chunky vocals, this band of minstrels have got most of their bases covered. Continue reading

BLUES PILLS ‘Holy Moly’ Album Review + Elin Larsson Interview.

Words / Interview El Jefe.
Photos Patric Ullaeus.

If you’re a fan of heavy psych-rock with big, clean femme vox and you haven’t already checked out Blues Pills, I’d suggest their third LP, Holy Moly wouldn’t be a bad place to get on board.

Blues Pills are now approaching ten years old (they grow up so fast!), and, as bands tend to, have had a couple of personnel changes. Founding members Elin Larsson and Zack Anderson remain, with Zack recently switching to guitar to accommodate the departure of original guitarist Dorian Sorriaux. Long time drummer André Kvarnström now has Kristoffer Schander as his rhythm section “partner in crime” and the pair do a mighty fine line in rnr too.

‘Proud Woman’, a tune whose lyrical content is much needed in this day and time stamped a hefty footprint on the colour and tone of Holy Moly. Ripping vocals, some sweet gospel-esque b/v’s, raunchy and riff-heavy, it’s a driving thunderous tune.

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‘A COMPILATION FOR EDGAR’ Various Artists – Wild Animals Records.

Words Anthony Moore.

One of my favourite labels is another indie operation here in Melbourne called Wild Animals Records. With releases from Raul Sanchez i Jorge (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf, Electric Magus), Bonnie Mercer, Lost Talk, The Frees, Shepparton Airplane and more… with that list, and the incredible, unique DIY touch added to each one, obviously everything they do is gold.

This release is no exception. A Compilation For Edgar is a 24 track goldmine of live music recorded in pubs around Melbourne from an incredible list of bands! It’s limited to only 53 copies and comes in very cool packaging. All the proceeds are also going to Edgar’s Mission, an animal sanctuary in Lancefield, VIC (near the Macedon Ranges).

I asked the guru behind Wild Animal Records, Dan Williams, a few questions about the release…

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MOTÖRHEAD ‘Ace Of Spades’ 40TH Anniversary Edition.

Words El Jefe.

Motörhead. Loud. Dirty. Tough. But fair! Led by Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, a murderous bassist with gravel rash pipes, purebred rock and roll heart and the only constant member of the band. They had a forty-year career, and never once compromised their style or attitude.

Hearing the Motörhead classic Ace Of Spades as a teenager was a revelation. That sound! Powerhouse rockin’ metal with a hefty blues boogie spine holding the songs together. Headbangers loved ‘em; punks loved ‘em. Your neighbours hated ‘em but nothing could change the influence they had.

From beginning to end, Ace Of Spades is chock full of bruising tunes like the title track ‘Ace Of Spades’, and bookended by Lemmy’s anti-heroin ode, ‘The Hammer’, with its sledgehammer riffs, and caustic lyrics. The anthemic ‘(We Are) The Road Crew’ was Lemmy’s testament to the team who made the tours happen, and also heavy evidence as to why Lemmy was held in such high regard by all who dealt with him. Continue reading

COMA WALL ‘Ursa Minor’ EP Review.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photo Tom McKibbin.

Some songwriters just seem to suit who you are and match your musical personality so perfectly. For me, John Frusciante, Adalita Srsen, and Craig Westwood, among others, all do this. Whether as a part of their respective bands – being loud and more extreme sounding, or when paired back, solo and just more chilled, I know I’ll dig anything they do.

Which brings me to this release. Coma Wall is the acoustic alter-ego of Oxford, UK sludge doom band Undersmile. This release is a bit of a nostalgic trip for Hel (Sterne – vocals, guitar) and Taz (Corona-Brown – vocals, guitar) who wrote the songs in the band that predated Undersmile called Ursa Minor (hence the name of the EP). The songs date back to around 2006/2007, with these demos recorded in 2012. The songs were recorded live with bass and string overdubs added later. Continue reading

ZENITH MOON ‘Gypsy’ SIngle Review.

Words El Jefe.

So here we have Zenith Moon, and their brand-spankin’ new single ‘Gypsy’. Zenith Moon is a Melbourne trio (who have a tendency to add the necessary members when the wind is blowing in the right direction!) with some heavy retro vibes coursing through their veins, and have been hitting the board since their inception in 2018.

While some pretty, lysergic juices are wrung from the guitars, and peppers the tune with chunky chords, the bassist lays down some Motown-driven melodic bass runs which gives front lady Kahli Rose a clear path to crank out her big, soulful rock’n’roll vocals that lift ‘Gypsy’ to the heights it deserves. Continue reading