Riff rock for dry ice psychlords. Tel Aviv's HÄXXAN ('chasan') offer a slab of weighty, wandering rock music for fans of both the band Fuzz and the sonic tool fuzz. The Magnificent Planet of Alien Vampiro II, which is a bad album name, is that warbling wah sound pushed forward with a punk's momentum. Energy energy energy!
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Lots of you still like psych rock. I know this to be true. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever stop knowing it. There’s at least one more band with fuzz the tank, if you want, and their name is Häxxan: their second record delivers more of their pseudo-heavy T-Rex sound, opening on a song called “Intro” that I’m going to have to dub a new genre for -- bubblegrunge. Gnarly and raucous it may sound, but their spirit is softer and sweeter, their mind-opening chants of “open up your mind!” sounding nice and encouraging, if I’m being frank.
In fact, Häxxan’s sound is built off of perfect pop hooks -- the drums thrash and the guitars are engineered to spew guts, but mostly they sound like a band who’ve thought of a simple, catchy line and gone in brazen on it like the Ramones. “Jeff Casanova”, for instance might have the simplest lyrics out there, and simply lets the rhythm section coast through while a riff pulls itself back and forwards, occasionally chugging into a second-long cadence. They’re very good at music, but they don’t need to be -- just do it catchy.
It’s not setting my world alight, but they’re nice and concise, and I like that: no long way round, no endless solo into hell, just good songs that Ty Segall would most likely sign off on. Moments of a weirder, more languishing song style shows itself in “Circle of Quantum”, where they squeal their way through an endless, piecemeal intro of riffs and Flea-esque solos. It’s better, though, when they just race in, sing their song and depart: the proof is in “Nothing Ever Changes”, which comes straight after their improv jam and wins just with the last snarled world of each vocal melody. Keep it simple, pals.
4/10 Paul Customer review, 8th May 2018
Just another one of those bands..
Heard it before.
Heard it better.
Nice tunes, great drums, but nothing new or special.
The drummer seems to hold the groove, and does a fine job. I wouldn’t mind hearing this once on my way to work but deffently not something I need at home.
I did find some of the songs, like Between the River and the Sea more enjoyable and uplifting. Something I did like about this band is their youthful attitude. Fun , happy and simple. I would probably recommend a listen but not the record, not good enough.
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