Sunday, March 29, 2020

Geezer- Groovy (Heavy Psych Sounds)

IT has been two years since the last full length record by GEEZER.  Psychoriffadelia was played a lot in this household.  I was not sure how the band was going to top this one. The new one is quite different from all their records and it took me a few listens to totally get into it but man, now, I totally dig it!

Dig starts things off with a slow steady stoney groove and some spacey sounds. I really got sucked into this one. It has a Brant Bjork like feel but the groove is GEEZER groove!  They lyrics are about living for today.

On Atlas Electra Pat has this great guitar tone as the rhythm section just plows ahead slow and steady.  The vocal is a bit more laid back with a slight delay. A bit more guitar on this track.  Dead Soul Scroll starts with a spacey guitar and slow build upon a nice thick bass line. Pat kicks in with the guitar. Great sound mix as this track stays quite spacey for a while before the main riff kicks in. Nice use of some spacey effects. “I feel like a tiger, but I am just a name on another Dead Soul Scroll!!!”.  Killer build one this one. Awake starts with a keyboard pad and then the drums kick in and another groovy riff with a more bluesy feel is played and a bit more mainstream like chorus. A organ licks in after the first set of lyrics but it is a bit spacey, which I like. A kyuss like riff and some groovy percussion and a great guitar solo that just took me away to another place.  Groovy is a footstomping number with a rock and roll piano line to start. The track is, indeed, groovy. Drowning On Empty has that scratchy guitar sound mixed into the groove. You can hear another string instrument if you listen closely at different times, steel string guitar.  Pat plays a quite different guitar solo on this track but I love the groove. Wow.  Slide Mountain is instrumental and has a spacey beginning that starts very slowly but grows. There is some spoken words in the background, an acoustic guitar (?) is added to the background as a tasty solo leads the way. Nice use of some effects to keep it interesting and spaced out. I love the way the band makes music like this.  Black Owl has a repeated riff to start but then the sound becomes HUGE and the riff more massive. Very stoney and heavy way to end the record but they also remember to space out a bit!

The band really have moved into some new territory with a greater use of organ, a bit more catchy parts in some of the songs but still maintain their integrity and uniqueness. Great record. Can’t wait to get the vinyl!

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