Freeform psych improv collective The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol hail from Ottawa, Canada and have been expanding and blowing minds for a decade now. Whilst not a political band per se, the closing track of the aptly named new album, Droneoverdose, is called Tsunami Of Bullshit and I can’t help thinking that it was inspired by a certain amount of nonsense that’s being spouted around the world at them moment. LP in a natural card sleeve, limited to 300 copies on Cardinal Fuzz.
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LP on Cardinal Fuzz. Edition of 300 copies in natural card sleeve with A4 insert.
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Though he complains feverishly about being the psych rock guy, Robin took all the psych rock this week but comically he's left this one for me. The most psych rock record of all. In fact the most psych rock record of all time. This absurdly named Canadian band rock there is literally no tomorrow. The opening 'Earworm' is the most rock thing I've heard since I used to accidentally tune into the Tommy Vance show on Radio 1 when searching around for John Peel. It's perhaps the greatest call to arms since AC/DC's 'For Those About to Rock'.
For those about to psych rock, this record rocks hard. As hard as a slab of corrugated iron. These are long, hard riffs have been set in stone and hardened in the sun. Pure unadulterated 70's rock. If they were on Top of the Pops the drummer would be at the front. The main difference between TBWNIAS and, say, Iron Maiden is that these lot have no vocals . Not a screech, nary a holler about ladies bottoms or whatever passes for heavy rock lyrics in sight. If anything is going to convert me it's stellar closer 'Tsunami of Bullshit' which belts along in a tsunami of twined guitars over a heavy heavy back beat. Blistering.
To sum up: Good solid instrumental rock.
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