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Oren Ambarchi's 'Sagittarian Domain' a year or two back was a huge office favourite, a chugging krautrock monster full of subtle tone abuse and hypnotic infinity grooving, so it's good to see him on my rock pile this morning. I'll start with him today. But wait, turning the record over I've just spotted who his band are this time around: on guitar, Billy Gibbons, on bass, Dusty Hill, and on drums, Frank Beard! Well, my jaw just hit the floor.
Yup, just months after Billy Gibbons's excellent split 7" with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney comes this utterly bonkers 12" which sees Ambarchi go head-to-head with southern boogie lords ZZ Top. I love how the press release just subtly alludes to this fact because it's blowing my mind right now. Oren Ambarchi vs ZZ Top. I'm looking for information about it. The internet doesn't seem to know yet.
There are two lengthy jams on this 45rpm platter. On side A is 'Milk A Cow With A Monkey Wrench', which sees the 'Top grinding out the riff from their iconic smash hit 'La Grange' on repeat while Ambarchi puts some screams rainbows over it in virtuoso splutter and buzzing metallic feedback drones, just pure gnarly shred. Just amazing. There's even a cheeky little hat-tip to the pinch harmonics bit from the original track's solo at one point which raised my joy levels even higher.
Overleaf is 'Park It Where The Sun Don't Shine', a song whose riff I don't recognise, so I'm not sure if it's another ZZ Top number or just something they jammed out on the day. The concept remains the same, a one-take assault of crackling, cackling, molten guitar lava poured over an immaculate hard rock groove. I'm delighted by the concept, I'm delighted by the execution, I'm just generally quite excited that this record exists.
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