Sunday, 17 March 2013
Green Shade - ...Bright Interlude (album review)
What greets the ears is spaced out psychedelic stoner rock not unlike a snarling beast-like madhouse reflection of Hawkwind. The songs are framed around filthy bass grooves and driving riffs with an accent toward the trippier side of rock.
Green Shade like to explore the open spaces of their compositions, jamming up a storm. Fuzz guitar and crash-heavy drums anchor things in a stoner setting. As much as the band like to explore the outer territories of their compositions they never stray too far from the shores of their starting point of hard driving grooves.
This is stoner rock in its purest form, almost making for a perfect example of what it's all about. It's not quite hallucinogenic so it's not psychedelic, but the music will have your head buzzing, so it's stoner. Hard driving, fuzz-muffed, groove oriented, headbanging rock n roll with stare off into space moments. Classic. Text book. Sounds clinical and boring but it isn't. There are two sides to the stoner rock fan, I think. On the one hand there's the side that loves the experimental aspects of bands, listening with salivating interest at what direction the music will be pushed in next, what boundaries will be skirted and scoffed at and what unexpected sounds turn up along the way. On the other hand, there's the purist side that just wants to hear ... well, what it wants to hear, which is good old heavy rock n roll. Green Shade appeals to the latter side.
Picking favorites on this one is really tough. All four songs are excellent, well-crafted and possess their own character within a classic framework. 'Bright Interlude' must be required listening for dirty fuzz rock fans of all stripes.
Highlights include: "Yorgan Mountain" and "Majesty"
1). Sunshine Of Your Leaf (6:50)
2). Yorgan Mountain (4:06)
3). Majesty (4:47)
4). Green Shade .. Bright Interlude (6:25)
Total Run Time: 22:07
From: Vinkovci, Croatia
Genre: Stoner, Space Rock, Fuzz Rock,
Reminds me of: Hawkwind, March The Desert, Spacefog
Release Date: December 29, 2012
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Confront the god of the mountain on his home turf, wait for him to appear, then unleash the fuzz kraken!
Ride With the Devil
Welcome To The Void in Greek
Green Shade on youtube
GET IT HERE
(this is the band's link provided here with kind permission from the band)
Special thanks to Joop Konraad of Stoner Hive for introducing me to Green Shade via his excellent review.