Steal This Track: Lords of Fuzz and Gun Street GhostBy Josh Johnson | August 13th, 2012 | No Comments »
Yes, Monday morning has once again sneaked up and stolen the weekend from your clutches. But all is not lost. Steal This Track is here with two new songs from Colorado artists to help with the loss. This week, we’ve got the bombastic rock of Lords of Fuzz and shoegazing Americana from Gun Street Ghost.
With powerhouse riffs, pounding drums and speak-sing-scream vocals, it’s difficult to listen to Lords of Fuzz and not recall what happened in Seattle in the early ’90s. The Melvins come to mind – not that there’s anything wrong with that. But to write off the Lords as mere nostalgia-rock wouldn’t be fair. For starters, as much as they recall grunge, they also recall Black Sabbath, a sound not limited to any period of time and arguably an influence for every hard rock band. From the band’s latest album, “Broken Bottle and Knives,” released on Aug. 7 and available on iTunes for $6.93, we bring you “Crooked Bones.” The track finds the Lords contemplating the simplest of joys: a day with nothing to do. “I’m gonna roll a funny cigarette / And sip my coffee slow … Another beautiful day / To do whatever I want.” It’s an anthem to laziness! And perhaps the best remedy for a stolen weekend. Catch them at a Larimer Lounge BBQ on Aug. 19, and the CD release party is at 3 Kings on Oct. 13.
The first 30 seconds of “Fine” by Gun Street Ghost ushers the listener in with hauntingly sustained notes. It builds a subtle tension only relieved when the acoustic guitar and drums enter the song, creating a bed for a soft melody played on a guitar washed in reverb. It’s the perfect intro for setting the mood on a song so dependent on subtlety and tone. The sound is full but not in-your-face, and the vocals are understated yet emotive. Quite often when we use words like “understated” and “subtle” to describe music, we are really calling it “boring.” That’s not the case here. The music is satisfying and the song is moving. It’s called “Fine,” but internalizing the lyrics will show that all is not fine. The first verse is a true account of a Vietnam soldier dealing with fear as he lands under fire in a personnel carrier, and subsequent verses use this scene as an allegory for seeking relief from emotional and physical pain. The band will be releasing its first album, “One Home,” at the Hi-Dive on Aug. 17. You can stream it now on Bandcamp.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.
Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb.