Blown Out is a band featuring members of other bands, all of whom have a sound that could be described as ‘blown out’. Bong, Drunk In Hell and Khunnt are all represented, and the two side-long beasts that comprise Planetary Engineering are as cosmic as you would expect. Heavy sounds for heavy minds, on Oaken Palace Records.
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- OAK-007 / LP on Oaken Palace Records. Edition of 500 copies. Featuring folks from BONG, 11Paranoias, Haikai No Ku, Drunk In Hell, Khunnt, and Pigs Pigs Pigs
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- Planetary Engineering by Blown Out
7/10 Robin Staff review, 04 September 2015
We’re all pretty hardcore Interstellar fans in this office (bless our sentimentally motivated film tastes), so to us space sounds like Hans Zimmer falling asleep on his organs as Matthew Mcconaughey attempts to locate his daughter in five-dimensional space. A lot of psych-rockers disagree with this reading of space (organs + missing daughter = the universe), which is fair enough; Blown Out have always seen it as more of an empty canvass on which to paint their endless collection of riffs and cymbal-excessive, fill-enthused drumbeats.
The riffs oscillate ever harder on ‘Planetary Engineering’, an album that showcases Blown Out as tight as ever, refusing to let any second of song go without a groaning guitar oscillation or a rapidly floating solo. Considering this band brings together members of deeply different psychedelic strands — the hateful, misanthropic slow burn of Drunk In Hell plus the chaos of Pigs Pig Pigs — Blown Out can still surprise us, opening up for a low-end dirge half way through this record’s A side. The march here is sardonic and slow, but it’s given plenty of spacey effects to keep us in the moment.
On the flip, things are pretty standard and unwavering, with a steady tempo resolving any instrumental changeups and reductions that take place. It’s the first side I’m drawn to more, for its diverse approach to atmosphere, but your B side’s regulating a space station psych jam. Blown Out are continuing to do what they always do, and in a way, isn’t that what space is all about? Yes. It is. Thanks.
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