Super Thing: self-titled (self-released, 2016)June 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment
First album by an Ypsilanti-based psychedelic noise rock band who have mostly (entirely?) relocated to Chicago. Highly influenced by stoner metal, grunge, and Krautrock, but it doesn’t really stick to one thing, even within each song. Vocals are present, but they’re mostly just to emphasize certain parts of the song, or otherwise guide the tracks along, rather than provide lyrical structure. Lots of guitar soloing, and lots of splashy drumming. “4-LOM” is a bit closer to the group’s grunge side, specifically the vocals. “Baba Yaga” is long and hypnotic, and almost sounds like Nirvana covering Neu! “Lazer Puke” is a bit more explosive and math-y, and seems to be instrumental except for maybe some screaming in the middle (or is that just the guitar talking?). “Pandemonium” starts out as sort of a desert traveling groove, then pauses before turning into an evil swirling doom track with Satanic lyrics. “Untitled improvisation about selling weed” seems more noisy and unhinged than the other tracks. Fred Thomas recorded, mixed, and mastered this, but the extra studio sheen doesn’t distract from the intensity of their performances. I think this CD is limited to 100 copies and I’m not sure if it’s available anywhere yet, I guess just check their Facebook.