New release from Boise experimental band Sun Blood Stories. The new album is called It Runs Around the Room with Us. The high-desert experimental rock band hits all the weird spots in the best ways with their new release. It Runs Around the Room with Us brings you in close and gets intimate, then grabs your sanity by the eardrums and takes it for the ride of it’s life. The songwriting and flow of the album is seriously so good, it’s like Sun Blood Stories knows what you want to hear and guides you on that journey. The more mind-ripping tracks like “Great Destroyer”, “Echoer Approach”, and “Nothing Sacred Will Hold” has such an excellent groovy rhythm section underneath the chaos of the slide guitar. In other tracks the drums seem to be used as a tension release, which gives such a great feeling with this type of psychedelic rock. It Runs Around the Room with Us is one of the best albums I’ve listened to in the last couple of years. So if you’re able to catch Sun Blood Stories live I highly recommend that you attend.
New music from Portland outfit, Wooden Indian Burial Ground. Their new full length is called How’s Your Favorite Dreamer?. It’s a journey of experimental psycho-billy rock that pushes the boundaries of psych-rock. WIBG brings out the inner freak right off the bat. Their sound is derived from ear-crushing guitars, hoppy vocals, and overall wobbly chaotic drive that comes from the drums and keys/organ. How’s Your Favorite Dreamer? is one of the best that has come out of Portland this year. The album starts off with two absolute bangers, then slows down for a second to give you a break before getting back into it with “Spazz Pony.” Wooden Indian Burial Ground has more subdued/experimental tracks on this album than their previous full lengths. These guys make an incredible live show so be sure to check them out, and let your freak flag fly with Wooden Indian Burial Ground.
Brand new album from Sun Blood Stories called Twilight Midnight Morning. This Idaho band have a sweet droney style of music. Sun Blood Stories craft a witchy concoction of brooding drone-rock. The opening track “Palace Mountain Mirage” opens the album with an excellent slide guitar riff that sets the mood for the rest of Twilight Midnight Morning. Tracks 4 (Witch Wind) and 6 (Night Tremor) have a more highly driven bass line that makes for more of a psychedelic-metal feel to it. My favorite track on the record is the finale “Misery is Nebulous.” Sun Blood Stories brings such great musicianship to this record, and it sounds amazing, so go listen to it and support independent artists.
New music from the mysterious duo from Boise, Magic Sword. Their first full length album is called Volume 1.
How does one describe the Magic Sword? Well, it’s not entirely easy. One could say that they sound like an ’80s synth-rock band, but it goes deeper than that. It might seem that Magic Sword is a cult band, but there is a reason why there is a fanatic following from the people who have listened and seen them live. The way that Magic Sword presents themselves is a sincere approach to combine art and music, since they also released a comic book along with the album. The album itself is produced exquisitely, and is filled with some of the most inspiring, most cinematic sounding music. Volume 1 is a bass heavy, theme song pumping, heroic sounding anthem for the masses. The live show is something on the literal sense of epic, so if you get a chance to catch them, do not hesitate to see their performance.
When the Magic Sword appears, good will always prevail.
New release from the powerful Atlas and the Astronaut from Vancouver, WA. Tiny Artifacts is their debut full length album. Atlas and the Astronaut have a heavy rock sound with an experimental element to their music. The excellent drumming is one of the first things you notice, along with lead vocalist Beau Rosser. Not to mention the guitars that go from heavy riffs to high flying solos in no time. Overall, Tiny Artifacts is a really well put together album by another local Northwest band that needs more attention. Atlas and the Astronaut is great for rocking out and blasting at maximum volume.