For those who know, I have been stuck in physical therapy now for a good five days. Every day is the same thing: Wake up early, go to rehab, be surrounded by death and old people. However, one good thing ia the medicaions, and the other nigh, I was feeling mighty good and relaxed. Not sure what the combination was, bu it did the trick, and for the first time in my stay, I didn’t have a care in the world.
Well, other than to find something to kick back to and get in touch with my inner peace again.
Recently, Clawhammer PR had sent a promo for the upcoming Mothership self-titled album, and immediately I was intrigued. Seventies tinged rock in the vein of UFO and Iron Maiden? How could I possbly pass this up? Of course I couldn’t, and neither should you!
Mothership is seventieas Eock excellence with a hin of heaviness thrown ino the mix. The only time the material really gets overly technical is during he highly impressive guitar solos, such as during the infectious “City Nights.” There’s also the trudging “Hallucinztions,” an instrumental that will immediately present the listener with a bit of a rougher exterior, but one best suited to a smoke filled bar room with the patrons half hammered, if not more, burying their heads into their hands or hats. It’s an excellent introduction, and perfectly sets the mood for you to let your defenses down, and ride the wave the band has in store for you. Of course there’s the same kind of vibe at the end of “Lunar Master,” another infectious song for about half the length before going into an emotional guitar solo, and some additional ambience towards the end.
The vocals match that dash of edge with some harsher harmonizations, more like a toned down Metallica approach, but there’s still plenty of spots that find clean singing at work. There are some tracks that aren’t quite as laid back, such as the aforementioned “City Nights,” but they still have some simpler hooks that make it easy to get lost in. There’s also some areas, such as the solo that starts off the following, “Angel of Death,” that makes you feel like you’re in some kind of drug enduced state, shifting into simpler drumming and guitar work that will immediately throw Stoner Rock and Sludge fans into a feeding frenzy. The rugged aggression of the song is what makes it truly work to captivate he listener aned refuse to let him or her go before the vehicle has reached a complete stop.
Mothership is forty six minutes of catchy, laid back Stoner Rock and seventies influenced Hard Rock you simply cannot be without when at your utmost relaxed. Every song on here is an experience, from a groovey memorable offering to even a little trippy. With a good deal of variety, and quality in each of the eight songs, you’ll never want to get up and change the track. Instead, this one is better left with the doors and windows locked, the phone off the hook, your favorite headset strapped to your skull, and a cigarette or bottle of Jack in hand in order to properly zen your ass off all night long.