WINO ‘Forever Gone’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

So here we have Scott “Wino” Weinrich’s third solo LP, the poignantly titled Forever Gone and another addition to his acoustic work from recent years. With a great interpretation of the Joy Division track ‘Isolation’ released a couple of months back as a “teaser” for the new record, it wasn’t hard to see this was gonna be another commanding album.

The move to acoustic material after decades of bulldozing doom and stoner rock may have come as a surprise to some, although something that immediately came to mind was reading of the Birthday Party, after relocating to England and having limited access to equipment, writing their darkest and most menacing material on acoustic guitars while delving into lounge music. An excellent example of how the discrepancies between influences and style in any creative medium don’t necessarily determine the output. Continue reading

WINO ‘Isolation’ (Joy Division Cover) Single Review.

Words El Jefe.

So Wino is a man who really needs no introduction (but here’s a brief one anyway!) when you’re talkin’ heavy rnr. From St Vitus, The Obsessed through to Spirit Caravan and beyond, and his more recent folky acoustic material, he is someone who has always delivered the goods, and never compromised his vision. So a cover of ‘Isolation’ by Joy Division, who also happen to be an old fave band of mine, struck me as an interesting choice. Continue reading

RED MESA ‘The Path To The Deathless’ LP Review.

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I wasn’t familiar with Red Mesa prior to hearing The Path To The Deathless but as I’m always prowling for new music, checking out new arrivals, looking into the bands that slipped through the cracks the first time around etc, this was just another case of Bring It On!

So Red Mesa have been plugging away at their brand of stoner-doom for a few years and The Path To The Deathless is album #3, and brings with it several twists and turns, from the lumbering grind of ‘Ghost Bell’ to an almost Morricone-like vibe to ‘Death I Am’, and the Motorhead-in-low-gear sonic mayhem of ‘Desert Moon’, which has Dave Sherman (Spirit Caravan, Earthride etc) guesting on vocals. Continue reading