Luminous Bodies only started existing as of the 2014 edition of Supernormal Festival, combining music-playing idiots from the likes of Gum Takes Tooth, Part Chimp and Terminal Cheesecake. Consequently, we have an insane blend of noisy rock nonsense, with this debut LP being released on the Box Records label.
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180g vinyl LP on Box Records, Terminal Cheesecake, Gum Takes Tooth, Part Chimp folks!.
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It’s a classic love story: some fuzz appreciators meet up, play a show at Supernormal Festival, the crowd listens (maybe politely) and decides they sound kinda like Melvins but not as slow. In this case, the band is Luminous Bodies, a bunch of citation-needed stoners: they’ve got the crushing doom drums, but at a more excitable speed, and the riffs roll off their tongue more than they do stomp on the earth. They’re heavy, they’re brooding, but they’re also impatient. This is their album. For fans of hair.
Melvins are an obvious shorthand description, but there’s a fair bit of metal cheese to Luminous Bodies too -- the throwback vocal performance becomes something theatrical on the chugfest that is “Stay Dead”, where it sounds almost like Dave Grohl intervening in a Sonic Jesus tune. That said, Luminous Bodies also care about the transgressions of noise rock and the comfort of feedback: the yelping intro of “You Cheap-Arse Motherfucker!” sounds a little White Suns, though they soon roll out a hard-edged chord sequence that covers up the distant screams. The stench of hardcore is in the air onto the two-minute “Destroyed”, though they seem to veer off the tracks into a slightly formless version of it.
Like most stoner bands who exist on a whim, I’m mainly glad these dudes are having fun and enjoying the low-end. It isn’t going to fascinate, but it may well appeal to fans of anything from Weedeater to Brothers of the Sonic Cloth. Gleeful noise is nice.
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