White Manna are fuzzing out again! Time to dive into Pan, their newest record, filled with distorted psych rock. Mixed by Phil Manley, the album is packed with raw energy. Cruise through the ancient forest of Northern California while sounds distort into colors and light. Released on vinyl in a bunch of colors!
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 May 2015
Our psych rock lord Robin is out of the office this week so it’s up to me to try to tell you all about the new album by White Manna. It’s kind of like getting Alan Carr to write about his dads Newcastle United scouting policy. I normally sit here silently and scream “What’s with all the twiddling?” at any psych rock that makes it onto the stereo, burying my head in the computer and silently weeping to myself.
White Manna like a lot of psych bands are really prolific. I guess it’s easy to be prolific when songs last on average 30 minutes and you can record in a lawnmower and nobody will notice. They blitz into the opening title track with the kind of energy that suggests they’ve not been inbibing too much of the green stuff. The usual influences are immediately apparent, Spacemen 3 of course but this has a ragged punk-ish edge that brings to mind The Stooges. There are a couple of ‘Dunes’. ‘Dunes I’ has a snarling riff, bombastic vocals and hints of keyboards sneaking through the racket. The riff is propulsive and angry yet on ‘Dunes II’ everything is becalmed and quiet - a slow churning riff repeato -riff gradually increases in intensity but I’m finding myself a bit bored so I’m onto ‘Evil’ which has a Status Quo riff and Lemmy type strained vocals - you can see from tracks like this the appeal of Hookworms on psych rock fans. They use the same repeating ideas but at least they progress the genre on a bit.
I suppose it defeats the point of this kind of music to criticize it for being ‘samey’ but if you like two chords thrashing away and pounding Hawkwind/Motorhead type rock minimalism then this will be lively and intense enough.
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