Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stonebirds/Stangala - Double Feature: Kreiz-Breizh Sessions

StoneBirds - Game Over is a track of straight forward stoner rock riffs with a lot of screaming vocals which I like quite a bit. There is some nice layering of fuzz on the guitar sound that once it hits stays at a constant thrum along with a slower, driving drum beat. The vocals are pleading and coarse and the call and answer effect is quite epic. It stays thick and dirty even in the jam parts. I look forward to hearing what they have to offer in the extended space an LP. I’m pretty sure it’s a single’s job to pique interest and it accomplishes just that.

Stangala -Konk Kerne starts out a fairly punk driven rock track, dirty as hell and sort of uptempo and plays out with urgent shouted vocals for a few minutes until the bridge which unleashes SAXOPHONE and normally this is where I would go running but these guys manage to make it sound necessary and not at all eighties, maybe more of late seventies punk. Not that this is a punk track necessarily. It stays heavy enough throughout to stick this somewhere in the stoner rock genre, just on a more chipper jazzy side of the ledger. A lot of fun, this would be really good live. All in all it’s a nice taste of what’s to come from these french rockers.

--Plague Rat

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