Old rona may be hanging around like a party guest who’s overstayed their welcome, but …
Maybe it’s because 70% of the country is made up of it, but Australians are pretty good at desert rock.
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Planet of the 8s are one of the best exponents of this caper, and even with a (sort of) freshly minted album doing the rounds, the guys are keeping their eye in with a collaborative EP featuring friends from Duneeater, Death by Carrot, Kitchen Witch and A Gazillion Angry Mexicans on a journey through stoner grooves, psychedelia and substance-saturated rock and roll.
Holy Fire offers up a mesmerising desert groove with heavy detuned guitar fuzz and lazy melodies, King Carrot’s vocals adding an extra soporific touch. The easy pace here is quickly dispensed with as the next two tracks ratchet up into solid rocking, both Exit Planet and X-Ray offering dual vocal interplay.
With tons of catchy groove and compelling songs, Lagrange Point Vol. 1 should hit the spot for connoisseurs of desert and stoner rock, and maybe win a few others over too.
Georgie Cosson’s contribution to X-Ray adds a further dimension to Planet’s straight up rocking and the soloing is underpinned by a punchy, grooving bass line. The Unofficial History of Babe Wolfe throws duelling guitars and a healthy dose of psychedelic rock into an already heady mix. With tons of catchy groove and compelling songs, Lagrange Point Vol. 1 should hit the spot for connoisseurs of desert and stoner rock, and maybe win a few others over too.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Holy Fire, X-Ray, The Unofficial History of Babe Wolfe
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