|Cover artwork by Johan Jaccob (Glowsun).|
Parasol Caravan come bounding onto the stage on "The Barbers Snake". It shows a band ready for their trip in the spotlight. Complex dynamics with virtuosic performances by the band's twin guitarists, Kolar and Richard Reikersdorfer combine with Krietchbaum's soulful vocals to make a big impression on the listener. This is a band that has an encyclopedia of tricks up their sleeve and will pull out all the stops to get the point across.
Parasol Caravan use their time on this split wisely, slicing their four cuts down the middle showcasing their various moods. The songs all remain identifiably stoner rock but the band finds time to stitch together a crazy quilt of ideas and influences. The opener is a straight-up high energy blast of stoner rock while "Psychotic Fever" pulls on some more contemplative strings, tinged with blues and booze-fuelled regret. Something only really hinted at on "The Barbers Snake" is the group's jazz funk gymnastics which speak fluently on "Big Kahuna".
Cachimbo de Paz's side of the record starts off tentatively enough. Guitarist / vocalist Chu noodles around on the guitar, searching for a riff. But when the fuzz pedal is depressed and the band finds their groove ... look out.
Cachimbo de Paz was completely off the radar until I received this split in the mail. The first thing that strikes the listener upon hearing this band's opening statement "Stare Into the Sun" is the devastatingly slow simmering fuzz. I was never a guitarist so I can't tell you exactly how the effect is achieved, but it sounds like one of the frequency nobs is turned down slightly and the fuzz channel is opened up and allowed to breathe creating a slow pulsing static effect. The sound is brilliant and heavier than lead mountains. The next thing that strikes the listener is the distinctive voice of Chu. It's a deep, low growl, a whiskey-toughened vocal that may bring to mind Tom Waits. Less raw, but deeper.
"Cachimbo" is the band's shortest number, somewhat of an introduction (even though it comes second) or vision statement. It's a mostly instrumental number with a single spoken verse in Spanish.
Typically, Chu rumbles and shambles through his vocals but finds the will to explore melody in "Lady" to strong results. Cachimbo de Paz takes the time to explore the forests of funk first felled by Parasol Caravan on closing track "Coyotes on Peyote". The music is as demented as the title suggests, feedback whines and speedfreak break beats running around in a panic atop a solid bass groove that underpins and grounds the entire affair, keeping one foot in reality.
|Cachimbo de Paz|
'Use the Fuzz' is an excellent showcase for both bands whose distinctive sounds are punctuated further by the presence of the other.
Highlights include: "The Barbers Snake" and "Stare Into The Sun"
Total Run Time: 45:21
From: Linz, Austria
Genre: Stoner, Psychedelic
Reminds me of: The Bad Light, Cube, DSW
Release Date: February 12, 2012
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Aerial battles with the fate of a galaxy hanging in the balance.
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