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23Aug/11Off

REVIEW: Mother Mars – Fossil Fuel Blues

Posted by Lachlan

Mother Mars - Fossil Fuel BluesMother Mars have always been a band that I enjoy watching live. However, I can remember that about a year ago - sometime around Doomsday 2010 - I noticed a subtle shift in the attitude of the band. It was almost like, after some internal or personal turmoil the trio had finally begun to relax into their music, that they had found their own voice as a band. Mother Mars' attention to sonic detail has always been impressive, but they now seemed more cohesive and more comfortable - and their performance became undeniably stronger as a result.

As it turns out that over the aforementioned period, the group had been working quitely away on recording their new album 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. That immaculate attention to detail, and almost obsessive process of revision and recording has resulted in Mother Mars nowdays delivering some of the most best stoner/desert groove in Australia.

If there is one truly impressive thing about Mother Mars, it is the trios' impeccable and infectious sense of groove - and that is on full display on 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. Groove and feel is something I don't believe you can teach, and these guys have it in spades. Whether it's on a high-energy rock number like 'Ride Like the Wind' or a darker, more sedate piece like the albums title track, their feel is impeccable. These guys are so fucking chilled you half expect them to slip into a coma at any second.

For a home recording, the sound quality is solid. The tones and textures are absolutely beautiful. The bass is warm, fuzzy and fat. Matt's Strat sings with a gorgeous bluesy fuzz-and-overdrive treatment. The vocals too are tinged with psychedelic textures. Clearly a lot of time has gone into the crafting and layering of this album, as it continuously proves to be multifaceted. The only hallmark that this is infact a home recording is the volume, which sits considerably below most other albums. However, that approach has also let the band keep the depth and definition of their sound, so it really isn't a flaw.

Mother Mars live at Black Wire RecordsThe tunes themselves call to mind the stoner groove of Kyuss, the bluesy psychedelia Jimi Hendrix and the spaced-out rock of early Monster Magnet - an awesome combination if there ever was one.

'Fossil Fuel Blues' is another one of those seemingly countless local, underground releases that has seriously reinvigorated my passion for the Australian music scene. The sheer quality and range of releases that have been offered up in 2011 is mind-blowing, such that I am absolutely sure this has to be the best year for the Australian underground in a long, long time - but more on that wider narrative another time.

Once more I recall my disappointment at seeing the widely acclaimed Earthless live -- and once more I  juxtapose that with the awesome local and relatively unknown talent of Looking Glass and Mother Mars. Both bands eclipse the vast majority of releases that the global stoner scene attempts to offer up as its best.

With 'Fossil Fuel Blues', Mother Mars have delivered a gorgeous sounding album thats smooth, psychedelic and with serious fucking groove. Any fan of psychedelic of desert or stoner rock would be a fool not to check this release out.

Mother Mars on Facebook
Buy the album from 65 Degrees

15Dec/09Off

4 good reasons to catch Slaughterfest this Saturday

Posted by Lachlan

I thought I'd do up a quick article with a few reasons why you shouldn't miss out on saucy Sydney's Slaughterfest III this Saturday at the somewhat seedy Sandringham Hotel (Alliteration. I'm clever.) - other than the obvious - that there are a whole score of kick-arse bands, and you can enjoy 12 hours of Australian grind, death, stoner and doom for a mere $20.

Captain Cleanoff: One of Australia's most renown grind bands. These guys deliver a slew of old school punk-influenced grind tunes in the style of Napalm Death. Their toe-tapping tunes recently took them over to Europe to play Obscene Extreme 2009. They also supported the awesome Brutal Truth while they were at it.

Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade

The Kill: If Captain Cleanoff are one of our more renown grind bands, then The Kill are definitely our most violent; channeling the sheer unabated blasting aggression of Discordance Axis and Gridlink. Unpretentious caustic grindcore. This will be their first Sydney show in a long, long time (that is, if they ever even played in Sydney when Neil was singing for them...).

The Kill - Axe Attack / We Want Blood

Looking Glass: Fuck Wolfmother. These guys are hands down, without a doubt the best stoner rock band currently active in Australia. Fusing the nightmarish intensity of Jimi Hendrix psychedelia with baked Black Sabbath riffing and the sludged out heaviness of Kyuss, these guys will fucking blow you away - guaranteed. They have an incredible energy live. Don't miss this one.

Looking Glass - Acid Tongue

Ebolie: Sydney's booze-fueled metallic grinders with a penchant for bad jokes, drunken intensity, and dropping 16th notes without anyone particularly noticing. A combination of Nasum, Botch, Cephalic Carnage and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Get loose. Between you and me this might be one the last times you catch these guys. They're also supporting Brutal Truth the following Monday.

Ebolie - Cronullafornia

For the record, Pod People don't seem to have a fucking thing up on YouTube. Bastards.

Catch you all there Saturday. Things kick off at midday and the show may sell out - so get there early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.myspace.com/slaughterfestaustralia
http://www.myspace.com/captaincleanoff

http://www.myspace.com/thekillgrind
http://www.myspace.com/lookingglassoz
http://www.myspace.com/ebolie

   

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