Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Indian Handcrafts - Civil Disobedience for Losers (album review)

Indian Handcrafts is a two-man stoner band from Barrie, Ontario.  They play an often frenzied style that straddles the line between stoner and punk.  They make a lot of noise for just two guys (drummer/vocalist Brandyn James Aikins and guitarist/vocalist Daniel Brandon Allen) and manage to infuse their music with a ton of energy.

Opener "Bruce Lee" is an uptempo rocker, sure to make a big splash in the Doom Charts, which features an homage to "Mean Street" my second favorite Van Halen song.  Nice way to start!

The duo continue to explore the fertile ground established in the first track over the course of the next few songs, never straying too far from a good formula, after which the listeners expectations are primed for full impact as the album takes a few unexpected u-turns to terrific effect.

"Terminal Horse" is the punkiest track of all, crossing over a fine line the band straddle throughout.  It's something the band had been building towards and it was almost as if they just had to get a fast one out of their systems in order to be able to play the next run of songs.  The duo has the energy of a group twice its size.

"Coming Home" and "Centauri Teenage Riot" slow things back down to a stoner doom tempo and are two of the strongest cuts on the record, given all the more impact by their positioning after "Terminal Horse" from the change in tempo.  "Truck Mouth" then kicks things into an even lower gear and showcases a different side of the band altogether.  A psychedelic haze of space rock atmospherics envelopes the listener in warm tones and cleanses the pallet and clears the way for "The Jerk", another standout track, a downtuned, mid-tempo rocker with some punk overtones.  Finally we get to "Lion at the Door", a strong closer bringing together many of the previously touched upon musical elements to make for yet another standout track.

A solid album that goes from strength to strength.

Highlights include: "Bruce Lee" and "Centauri Teenage Riot"

Rating: 4/5

From: Barrie, Ontario

Genre: Stoner Rock, Punk, Desert Rock, Psychedelic

Reminds me of: Dala Sun, Red Fang, Snake Thursday, Soundgarden (early)

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Doin' doughnuts in the desert, bitches!

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