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DEAD ACID PEOPLE: ‘Earth, Weed & Fire.’

Dead Acid People are a four-piece Stoner rock band from Paris, France. Initially formed as a duo back in 2014 by guitarist Stéphane and drummer, Guillaume , they were shortly thereafter joined by Alain on bass. Agreeing then their sound could be further enhanced by the addition of a vocalist, he services of Mathieu were then enlisted.

Their first album, ‘Mocker Fuzzers‘ was released in 2016. I’ve had a quick run through that one and while it is worth checking out, to me it has more of a gothic, Gary Numan feel about it rather than ‘stoner.’

However, ‘Earth, Weed & Fire,‘ far better fits the description. It’s very bass-led, and an early indication of this comes in the opening ‘Intro’ track, The seven minute plus title track follows and immediately the difference between this album and the band’s debut becomes apparent. The production is definitely geared towards their vision, with the vocals sort of choked back into the mix more than the first album. Being the length it is, the track moves through a couple of distinct phases and incorporates a (too) short guitar wigout around the mid point.

‘Never Ending‘ unfortunately does. And all too soon. Perhaps not strictly ‘stoner’ for the purists, but this one races through its two and a half minutes duration and in terms of beat and bass line, echoes those of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life.‘ A winner in my book!

Fuzz You,‘ keeps the tempo high, and chugs along with a sense that it is the most commercially accessible track on the album. It’s not inconceivable that this track could be appreciated by a wider audience – one that would normally balk at the thought of listening to anything so radical as ‘stoner.’

‘Cosmic Trails‘ returns us to what I’d consider the more traditional ‘stoner’ sound – steady, solid rhythm, pounding drums, more deadbeat vocal styles and searing guitars. ‘Beyond The Path,’ slows even further and has a kind of ethereal feel. It’s a lovely spaced-out track, predominately instrumental, but interspersed with hushed group vocals.

Light A Fire’ features some fuzzed up guitar and more growled vocal style. It has a harder edge than the other tracks.

Closing track, ‘Wrong Faith,‘ is a heavy-riffed, brilliantly dark, nine-minute end to the album. Arguably the best of the eight racks, in my opinion.

Earth, Weed Fire’ is definitely an album well worth exploring, and at only 15 Euros (or more if you feel it worthy – and I’d say it is) for the vinyl copy via Bandcamp, then, you know, go for it!

JAY CLARK BAND: ‘The Time Is Now.’

The Jay Clark Band (or JCB, as they are often referred to) are a five-piece rock / country rock band from Dayton, Ohio.

Their third album, ‘The Time Is Now’ has just been released (28th June 2019) and it’s a real stomper. If I use the description, ‘old fashioned,’ I mean that in a purely good sense of of the expression. This is straight-up, no frills, no nonsense rock music.

Writing this on a dismal, grey, wet Glasgow (Scotland) afternoon, this album transports me to a dusty, road trip through mid-state America. It’s full of loud, boisterous riffs with country twangs and little tinges of Def Lepard / Iron Maiden guitar solos.

The album kicks off with ‘Not Giving Up,’ a fast-paced out and out rocker. I hope it doesn”t offend anyone, but the style reminds me a little of Ugly Kid Joe in their heyday. (That’s a good thing, by the way.)

‘You‘re Going Down’ follows and then comes ‘Leaving.’ Underpinned by a Hammond organ (I think) this one is a little more in the Bon Jovi mode, to me and sort of puts the brakes on in preparation for the rock ballad that is ‘Find A Way,’ which leans more to the Country Rock style.

Fists in the air! Here comes ‘Bring Down The House,’ and don’t be misled by the verses. When the chorus kicks in, you’ll be punching the air with the best of them. Shades of Alice Cooper on this one? Again, some lovely whining guitar touches.

‘Stand Out,’ continues the good rockin’ feel before the pace drops again with ‘Alive‘ – a track that does remind me again of Bon Jovi (this time, ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive’) and not just because of the acoustic guitar sounding introduction. But that’s OK, I guess.

‘Nothing Good in Life Ever Lasts,’ is definitely out of the Country Rock locker, with a metronomic, thumping beat. And am I imagining it, or does vocalist Jay’s voice take on more of a drawled inflection? ‘

Hell Of A Time,’ is a mid-tempo sing-a-long classic rock type, leading into the closing track, ‘Long Long Journey.’ This is a slow burner, at least for the first half of the song, before it kicks in on both tempo and attitude for a minute, before dropping back down for the closing thirty-two seconds. If there’s one tiny wee criticism of this album, then it’s that I’d have swapped the final two tracks around, so the album has a stronger finish. But then, that’s just me …

There I go again – nitpicking, I know. Yeah, overall this is a n excellent, good time rockin’ album. I like it. Good stuff!

THE SENTON BOMBS: ‘Bury The Hatchet.’

I know – I’m fickle. And impatient.

Which means that when wading through so much music and deciding what to feature here on Loud Horizon, a track needs to either grab my attention within the first twenty seconds, or at least intrigue me enough to play on. Of course, an interesting or thought provoking video will help too.

And with their new single, ‘Bury the Hatchet,’ as with the title track from their current album,’ Outsiders,’ Blackpool band The Senton Bombs, tick all the boxes.

You may notice I haven’t followed the usual reviewer’s convention of adding a descriptive style or genre before the word ‘band.’

From the opening drums, guitar riff and especially the very Rancid-like bassline, it seemed obvious that ‘Bury the Hatchet‘ was a punk song. But as the vocals kick in, I got more a sense of general classic hard rock. Then the chorus turns up, a big sing-a-long chorus that reminded me a little of say, Dropkkick Murphys, which in turn takes me back to the attention-grabbing opening scene of the video.

Eventually, I settled on ‘punk.’ The Senton Bombs are a punk outfit. That’s it.

Ah – but wait ….

I was curious to find out more of their music, so I checked out the video to the album’s title track and earlier single,, ‘Outsiders.’ This is about as far removed from ‘punk’ as you can get – the metronomic, thumping beat and guitar vocals / guitar perfectly match the video images of native American Indians and their struggles. This is a stomping rock track if ever I heard one. And one with a message that is pertinent in this day and age also.

Punk? Rock? What does it matter, so long as it’s good. And this better than simply that.

The Senton Bombs have been tipped for big things by likes of Classic Rock magazine amongst others. And I can totally see why.

You heard it here second. Ok – maybe seventh. Or eighth.