Blown Out emanate from Newcastle, where they drop deep deep out in order to access the cosmic planes needed to blast psych music as morass-thick as this. Sun Rot locks into stoned-head-nod grooves and stays well put, letting the riff-churn do its thing. Cassette release limited to 50 copies, on Swap Meat.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 12 September 2016
Seems like every other week me and Blown Out are butting heads. Way back in 2014, they decreed we would meet with ‘Sun Rot’, now committed to tape by the gorgeously named label Swamp Meat. I could just ghost the reviews of Blown Out past, as everything this band releases is largely a one in the same smattering of sludgy space rock -- after all, what is a psych rock review if not the same gloriously monotonous drag as the music it describes?
Using their usual mix of tidy grooves and sick to the stomach guitar solos, ‘Sun Rot’ is half muck, half plain sailing, a two-tune record that’s more about navigation than destination. The production caps the whole thing as little more than a faraway speck in the sky, the band’s element of chaos tempered by a feeling of remoteness that emphasizes the rhythmic place-holding and dilutes the psychedelic warble into the background. The second half of the record gets a little more frenzied as the drums start to implode, the cymbals crashing nosily atop the Please Hold bassline. Another quintessentially As Per Usual release from the stoned space council that is Blown Out.
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