The second release from Finland’s premier fuzzed out pych troop Warp Transmission, this time they went all out, stepping away from rehearsal recordings and bring a fully produced behemoth in the form of Process Ultra. Mastered by a master - John McBain (Monster Magnet, Hater, Queens Of the Stone Age) these walls of amp crushing fuzz are closing in, and you’re gonna love it.
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This record is part of a scene I call The New Wah Wah Wah Roawwww Naaow. I just invented it and it focuses on very bait psychedelic solos funnelled through a whole bunch of distortion. It is effectively a light homage to bands that did it heavier and more blown out, a la the Heads -- but Warp Transmission might be more fun. With a good bit of self-awareness, these hippy astronauts create real fast psych workouts, daring themselves to keep the pace up as they thrash through solos and spew out random electronic effects. It’s fun. It is fun.
Somehow Warp Transmission don’t give away the fact that they’re repetitive as heck; in fact, they seem to have the whole hypnotic thing under their thumb, cunningly disguising gyroscopic riffs under pontificated vocals and shimmering noise, making me feel like everything’s moving forward rather than merely rotating around a fixed point.
Who knows why they decided to go slower, but tunes like “The Stranded” give us a momentary glimpse into a band interested in building something more than psychedelic goofs. The swampy fuzz and unabated distortion makes them hard to get at, but hearing them try out a little slab of melody reveals a band who could probably hit the emotive peaks of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, if they tried. They won’t though: they’re having a bloody ball.
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