Adriane Pontecorvo: Some killer shredding lends some much-needed weight to Ty Segall’s bouncy take on ‘70s-style rock and roll. Fuzzy, catchy, and well-balanced between garage and glam, “Break a Guitar” has infectious riffs and a tongue-in-cheek vibe. It may be one of the safer cuts from Segall’s repertoire, but it makes for an unmistakably enjoyable listen, and still showcases some pretty sick guitar skills—not to mention some quirky video cameos by the likes of Fred Armisen and Jack Black. [7/10]
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Friday, May 12, sees the release of Earth Electric’s Vol.1: Solar on Season of Mist, which we are streaming it in its entirety now. The group finds former Mayhem guitarist Rune Ericksen teaming with highly respected Portuguese musicians Alexandre Ribeiro (bass, Grog Neoplasmah) and Ricardo Martins (drums, Jibóia) as well as London-based keyboardist Dan Knight (Messenger). Joined by vocalist Carmen Simoes (ex-Ava Inferi), the symphonic rock outfit blends the best stained glass elements of succinct, classic progressive rock with the power of unapologetic metal, culminating in an album that appeals to a broad base of listeners while never losing its integrity.
Birmingham/Nashville roots rock ensemble Banditos gathered in late 2016 outside of Austin at the Plum Creek Sound Studios in Dripping Springs, TX and produced their upcoming sophomore album Visionland, which releases on June 23rd via Bloodshot Records. Banditos are truly a Southern band, blending classic Southern genres like country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll while adding in a bit of garage rock stomp and punk energy. For this latest album, the group stretches their wings as they explore the nature of reality versus altered states, so naturally, pyschedelic rock is making its way into the Banditos’ sound.
Jedd Beaudoin: If we could get Chris Stapleton and Zakk Wylde to make an album together that might the ultimate. This has a great deal in common with the last Black Label Society record. It’s mellow but not depressingly so. The emotions are never overstated and it’s refreshing. You might wait for it to take off in some big way but that never quite comes. It’s surprising that this is a single. Seems more like a deep cut but good for him. [7/10]
“Too Young to Fall in Love” is the latest from OWEL, pulled from their lush sophomore record, dear me. Over a lush arrangement of keyboards, vocalist Jay Sakong teases out images of restlessness, of inaction, of the torpor of being young and longing for something you can’t entirely name. The song ebbs and flows on a tide of strings provided by multi-instrumentalist Jane Park; it is underpinned by a tight drumbeat, locked in with guitar and bass. It’s a hell of a song.
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