Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release date: 20/04/2019
Running time: 29 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

Back in ’68, I believe it was, though a lot of my memory remains hazy. It was a small London jazz club, in Chelsea I think, and Hendrix spontaneously got up to jam. Moon was on drums, John Paul Jones picked up the bass, and Clapton and Pagey jumped up to run through a few blues numbers. I was in the audience, somewhat refreshed, with a quality geezer who worked as a roadie for Hendrix. His name was Ian, though everyone called him “Lemmy”.

Anyway, I might have overindulged in something or other, but it was a fantastic night. I mean, musicians of that calibre sharing the same stage! Incredible! Until, that was, Jagger decided he wanted to join in on vocals. Brian Jones decided to bring his bandmate down a peg or two, and lobbed a huge quiche at old rubber lips. Bosh, hit him straight in the mush. Jagger was not happy. The next thing you know, Moon chucks his sticks at Mickey Dolenz and all hell breaks loose!

There was cake and vol-au-vents everywhere. It took me days to clean the sausage rolls out of Pagey’s pick-ups. But that was the sixties, you know? All good fun!

“Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” does a great job of bringing back the vibes from that time. Compiled by RidingEasy Records and Permanent Records, it consists of ten rare shots of proto-metal and stoner rock from the late 60’s and early 70’s. These tracks are so long lost, whoever raided the tombs they were in probably received an ancient curse for disturbing them.

The songs on offer aren’t really of the sheer riff heavy variety that Black Sabbath would perfect, but if you’re interested in hearing how Rock’n’Roll was deep fried in LSD and pushed to the limit, there are some fine nuggets here.

The first track, ‘School Daze’ by Attack! has a real MC5 hell-for-leather Rock’n’Roll feel. That greasy, take-no-prisoners Detroit approach serves them well. Up next is White Rock with ‘Please Don’t Run Away’, a glorious fuzzed out, scuzzy rocker. The brilliantly named Luke and the Apostles give us ‘Not Far Off’, featuring fabulous throaty vocals over a dynamite slab of blues rock.

There’s plenty more psychedelic, acid drenched fare that will resonate with fans of Hendrix, Cream, Mountain and even early Alice Cooper. ‘I Need My Music’ by the Tourists is another highlight, along with Moloch’s ‘Cocaine Katy’. There’s a reassuring low-fi sound to the whole thing, with occasional faint vinyl crackles even, that gives the enterprise some charm.

Of the two covers on offer here, Inside Experience’s ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ is fine but doesn’t challenge the original. On the other hand, the wonderfully named Grump take the King’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ out on a glorious, whiskey fuelled Leo Sayer and don’t hand it back till it’s puked it’s kebab up in the back of the taxi.

The tracks compiled for “Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” may not change your life, but there’s plenty to enjoy. If you’re not already a fan of rock music from this period, then think of this as a history lesson and indulge yourself. Just be careful what you indulge yourself in, eh?

Right then, gin and tonic, anyone?

TRACKLISTING:
01. Attack! – “School Daze”
02. White Rock – “Please Don’t Run Away”
03. River Side – “Wayfarer”
04. Luke and the Apostles – “Not Far Off”
05. Tourists – “I Need My Music”
06. Bartos Brothers Band – “Gambler”
07. Inside Experience – “Tales of Brave Ulysses”
08. Karma – “New Mexico”
09. Moloch – “Cocaine Katy”
10. Grump – “Heartbreak Hotel”

LINKS:
https://ridingeasyrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcKvfj8ei5GD2YVtLYhaoQ
https://www.instagram.com/easyriderrecord/

 

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Bus The Unknown Secretary – Never Decide

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Bus The Unknown Secretary – Never Decide
Riding Easy Records
Release Date: 01-03-2019
Running Time:-48:57
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
7/10

Bus The Unknown Secretary (aka B.U.S) are a quartet from Greece with a unique sound. Are they rock? Yes! Are they deep? Yes! Are they dark? Yes! But are they typical? Hell no!
Having a bird chirping in the back ground of the opening song, then “one, two, three” as if they are being counted in is not your typical start, so straight away your ears prick up and you wonder what’s next? Well, that would be silence, and then the guitar riff of ‘You Better Come In, You Better Calm Down’ comes straight at you, followed by the vocal’s, with a hint of growl to them, the tone almost psychedelic but with a chant in the background.

Bill Politis (vocalist/guitar) explains there is no happy ending here, but the question remains “Door A or Door B, time to change or time to die, never decide…” Now, that’s what I call a deep dark question!

This leads me to ‘Lucifer’. This is a very dark song, sounding very much like Ozzy at the beginning, yet haunting with amazing backing vocals which harmonize so brilliantly.

The whole album “Never Decide” is rock hypnotic, it packs a punch yet sends you off into so many different directions. It has rock, gruff vocals and great guitar riffs, with almost a poppy edge to some of the tracks and is almost one big head spin. You just get to think you have sussed the album then it goes in a totally different direction again. Some of the tracks are short, but very intense and punchy, and all the way through there is a definite 70’s rock vibe. Thin Lizzy, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Rotten and Alice Copper all spring to mind which is why I think the album is so crazy. One thing it definitely isn’t is boring.

B.U.S. were formed in 2011, releasing two EP’s “The Impious Tapes” followed by the “Cross EP” (2014) and a full-length album “The Unknown Secretary LP” in 2016. During that time, they have toured extensively throughout Greece and neighbouring nations.

Second album “Never Decide” was recorded in just five days in February 2018, and what a crazy five days those must have been, with multi-talented engineer and band beloved friend John Vulgaris at Electric Highway Studios in Athens, Greece. The entire band, drummer Aris Fasoulis, bassist Spiros Papadatos, guitarist Fotis Kolokithas and, of course, Bill Politis recorded the instrumental tracks live in three days and the last two were for vocals. Over the two months that followed Vulgaris and the band fine-tuned the mix into the masterful album we have been given.

If you want something different and exciting then give B.U.S a listen!

TRACKLISTING:
01 You Better Come In, You Better Calm Down
02 The Hunt
03 I Buried Paul
04 Lucifer
05 First Life Suicide
06 Moonchild
07 Into the Night
08 Evil Eyes
09 Dying
10 This King

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/bustheunknownsecretary/
https://www.instagram.com/bustheunknownsecretary/
https://bustheunknownsecretary.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoWabDirkvGWB7BWhAlPaAA
https://www.facebook.com/ridingeasyrecords/

 

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Satan’s Satyrs – The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones Cover

Satan’s Satyrs – The Lucky Ones
Riding Easy Records, Bad Omen
Release Date: 19/10/2018
Running Time: 35:00
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

Satan, eh? Old Beelzebub has had a long-established association with rock’n’roll. Most notably there was dear old Black Sabbath, or as I knew them in the late 60s, a bunch of hippies called Earth. I remember well the day I lent Tony and Geezer (let’s face it, the brains of the bunch) some cash to go to the cinema for a break in rehearsal. Lo and behold, the pair were inspired by queues for a horror film to rename the band in a scary manner. They called themselves Black Sabbath, and an unholy cacophony known as Heavy Metal was born.

These Satan’s Satyrs lads may well be in league with the devil himself, I don’t know. They do peddle a very enjoyable mash up of garage punk and 70’s proto metal, however. Like Motorhead covering T-Rex songs, whilst a bunch of rowdy werewolf bikers have a drug party.

Opener ‘Thrill Of The City’ rages out of the pit and sets the tone nicely. Most of the album follows suit and it’s as greasy as a week-old chip pan. Muscular yet melodic dual guitars from Jarrett Nettnin and Nate Towle, with Clayton Burgess providing vocals and deep-fried bass and solid drums by Stephen Fairfield.

‘She Beast’ offers up a beautiful, big fat riff that really greased my gears. That glam rock sheen shines through nicely on ‘Trampled By Angels’ and there’s a change of pace somewhat with ‘Take It And Run’, which has a pleasant jangle.

In honesty it took a couple of listens to begin to appreciate “The Lucky Ones” – deceptively simple at first, yet revealing more gleaming gems when the grime was rubbed off a little. A great, satisfying record and I’ll be investigating more of Satan’s Satyrs in future.

Oh, and Ozzy, if you’re reading this, if I could have back that tenner I lent you in 1969, I could really do with it. Cheers.

Tracklist:
1. Thrill Of The City
2. The Lucky Ones
3. She Beast
4. Take It And Run
5. You And Your Boots
6. Too Early To Fold
7. Pulp Star
8. Trampled By Angels
9. Permanent Darkness

Links:
https://satanssatyrs.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/satanssatyrs/
http://www.bad-omen-records.com/bands/satans-satyrs/
http://www.bad-omen-records.com/
https://www.ridingeasyrecs.com/

 

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