Blows Your Mind
(Pan Records / 788)
The guys from the Danish band On Trial ( www.ontrial.suite.dk ) are very prolific makers of good psychedelic music. They have given birth to many interesting project and solo albums ( Pandemonica, Spids Nogenhat... ). None of the records has let me down, and neither does this one. "Blows Your Mind" is a solo album by the drummer of On Trial, and he plays and sings everything on it. He's quite a multitalented fellow, that's for sure. Are all of the On Trial members so talented?! Here he performs under the pseudonym Lorenzo Woodrose... The album sounds a lot like it was recorded in the 60's, which works like hell. So it's 60's psychedelic rock. There are faster, cheerful garage rockers ("Baby Blows Your Mind", "Right to Get High") but also beautiful, melodic and melancholic tracks full of emotion ("Caught in A Whirl", "Spinning Wheels of Fire", "Mind and Soul"...). They both have their moments. The guitar sounds are at times nicely sleazy, often you feel the need to jump up, dance and party. There are also experiences of floating in deep bongwaters.
Some of the songs remind me of some pleasant 60's pop hits, and yeah, I think I can even hear some steel guitar influences! Rather versatile, groovy old-school stuff. The CD covers are made by the mighty Malleus ( www.malleusdelic.com ), and really a sight to gaze upon... The lyrics are about smoking dope, sex, rock 'n 'roll, but also about even MORE deep issues.
The music is reminiscent of many old bands, but let's just say that the guy have been exposed to a lot of the same stuff that Dave from Monster Magnet. I think that Baby Woodrose can be labelled as a stoner rock band, but not one of the heaviest.
This is an excellent CD, one of the best that I've encountered for a while. Summa summarum: psychedelic boogie for the third eye! Dig it baby!
Aural Innovations review
Swamp room review