Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Bloody Strummers - Return Of The Halcyon Days

The Bloody Strummers
Return Of The Halcyon Days
©2012 Independent

Anybody remember the Black And White World from the early 90’s on Blonde Vinyl Records? Well, this isn’t them or any relation, though a current connection with Michael Knott exists, but I couldn’t help but transplant the fuzzed out, garage rock tendencies of the aforementioned band, especially Matt Biggers’ vocals sounding like eerily akin to Rob Gallas. Needless to say, what is old can definitely be dressed up as something new and fresh as Josh Lory (Western Grace, LS Underground) and Matt Biggers offer up a blend of late 60’s psychedelic/garage rock (The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Kinks, to name a few) with sparse and fuzzy modern rock (The Cult, The White Stripes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, SF 59, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Out Crowd, and The Black Keys, to name a few more).

The more I absorb this disc, the more I sense what I’ve come to love about Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: reckless abandon. Masaki Lui brilliantly mixed this disc. You can almost hear the tripped out, psychedelic remnants, as they are spilled out on the stage floor, then kicked out with that reckless abandon to a swaying audience in a hole-in-the-wall club in some inner city on the west coast. A very fluid, but raucous listen all the way through, this is. Favorite tracks include “Moonlight Suite” and “Angels Runin’ Scared”.
Seriously, this is the good stuff that will fix what ails you.

10 of 10 clicks
February 2012

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