8/10 Mike Staff review, 17 January 2013
This is the first vinyl pressing of what started life as a tour CDr way back in 2007 when White Hills came over here with Dogntank while honcho Dave W was in the early stages of transforming the band from a solo studio project to the heavy cosmic psych-rock trio we’re all familiar with today. There are both studio and rehearsal recordings on here but everything is of sufficient sound quality to justify inclusion, with four (comparatively) short rockers on the first side and some more stretched out jamming on the two-song B side. The drumming is great, taut and bouncy, while the weed-fried space jamming recalls all your favourites - Hawkwind, Gnod, The Heads, Kim just said PTV3 and she’s right.
On the lengthy stoner-doom jam ‘Left Behind’ there’s shades of Black Sabbath, Sleep and Electric Wizard, along with some electronic tweaks and whooshes to top off the space-psych adventure as it romps from hard grooving into a beatless cosmic swirl of reverby lead guitar heroics. This high is somewhat diminished by the closing track ‘A Thousand Points Of Light’, presumably a rehearsal jam, which sounds scrappy and unfinished in comparison. That said, it’s mostly totally rocking, accessible and spacey and the high points definitely outweigh the low ones. If you’re a fan of their other records it’s totally worth picking up, if you’re new to them then the most recent studio album ‘Frying On This Rock’ might be an easier starting point.
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