Drone Rock Records’ last release of 2016 comes from Agrentinian psych-garage-rockers, Kill West, whose debut, the Kill West EP, was also the debut release for Drone Rock Records. Their latest album, “Raw Desire”, sees both a change in the band’s line-up and a new sound. The fresh and energetic album will be jointly released by Crang Records (ARG) and Drone Rock Records (UK).
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- DRR006 / Limited clear vinyl 12" EP on Drone Rock Records / Crang Records. Edition of 125 copies
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Here’s some garage rock by a band called Kill West who used to be dead and surfing as the skeletal remains of themselves, but have seemingly come back to lives as themselves to make some no frills rawk music from underneath a few layers of distortion duvet. If there’s one thing I remember about this band from their quite great EP, it’s that they had the plot twists of their genre down, making nice on chord progressions and well placed but not overstuffed riffing.
In terms of production, Kill West are psychedelic at its best balance, sort of phasing the genre in with an echoing distance but never really choosing it as a career path. ‘Raw Desire’ is five well structured and stamina-heavy songs, I’ll grant you that, but they offer more interesting journeys than merely grabbing a hook and repeating it -- the record’s opener develops in and out of a few good creases, while “Great Mexico Weather” and it’s half-pace chords slowly develop around a guitar part that sounds like a wahing lament, both improvised and kinda full of intent.
The more standardly psychedelic moments are nice, too. “Shivers” alternates between a lot of psych soloing and the hint of an emotive upward swing that the Brian Jonestown Massacre would usually offer, while "Apocalypse City" sounds like a literal meditation on the record's title, with whispered vocals pushing between a visceral garage marathon. It’s a track like “Pareidolla”, though, that gets me excited about a band like this. Listen to it -- it’s a piano instrumental with a wonderful warped ambience and it sounds better than anything your favourite neo-classical artist is gonna put out this year. Beautiful. What if these God dang surfers just applied themselves?
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