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12Dec/11Off

Attack of Sydney stoner rock: new albums from Arrowhead and Birdmouth

Posted by Lachlan

Arrowhead - AtomsmasherIt would seem that a duo of Sydney stoner rock bands have launched new this December. Birdmouth have released their debut Convalesce through Grindhead Records, while Arrowhead have put out their long-awaited full length Atomsmasher through Green Media.

Arrowhead - Atomsmasher: Well-produced stoner / desert rock trio bringing to mind Kyuss, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age and Monster Magnet. Take a listen over on ReverbNation or buy the sucka from Waterfront Records.

Birdmouth - Convalesce: Retro, blusey stoner rock oozing pure class. Calls to mind the likes of Down, Graveyard and Soundgarden. Take a listen over at YouTube (up on Bandcamp soon) or buy the sucka from Grindhead Records.

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

4Sep/09Off

04/10 Gig Guide: Five Star Prison Cell, Monster Magnet, Downtime, Maus

Posted by Lachlan

Here's whats going down this weekend in Sydney:

FRIDAY 04/10/2009

The Sandringham Hotel
Downtime, Taipan, Cleaned Out, Maus
8PM $12

The Bald Faced Stag
Nucleas, Five Star Prison Cell (VIC), Origin of Janken, Torn Asunder (QLD), Jovian
8pm $15

SUNDAY 06/10/2009

The Metro
Monster Magnet, Regular John, Grand Fatal
8pm $71.10

http://www.myspace.com/fivestarprisoncell
http://www.myspace.com/downtimepunk

http://www.myspace.com/monstermagnet

   

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