Turns out 2013 was a pretty good year for the #HiFi after all.
Notable also-rans? Monster Magnet’s ‘Last Patrol’, The Delta Riggs’ ‘Hex.Lover.Killer’, Deap Vally’s ‘Sistrionix’, The Blues Pills, The Black Angels’ ‘Indigo Meadow’, Uncle Acid’s ‘Mind Control’, Blitzen Trapper’s ‘VII’, J Rodday Walston’s ‘Essential Tremors’, Super Snake’s ‘Rider’, Vista Chino, The Dirtbombs’ ‘Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!’, Carcass’ ’Surgical Steel’, Deltron 3030’s ‘City Rising From The Ashes’, Stonefield, Big Business’ ‘Battlefields Forever’ and many, many more.
Seek them ALL out!
13_Reckless Love, ‘Spirit’
Dopey, sugar-rush proof it’s always 1985 in Finland.
12_White Denim, ‘Corsicana Lemonade’
If I said these guys were like a more disciplined, focused Phish I would be doing them a disservice: poppy, tripped out jams via Hendrix, Cream and Prince, then.
11_Purson, ‘The Circle And The Blue Door’
Creepy, pastoral doom merchants from Old Blighty: best consumed kitted out like Peter Wyngarde circa 1972.
10_Spiritual Beggars, ‘Earth Blues’
Thumping, Jon Lord saluting psych-blues-doom masterclass.
Dan The Automator and Emily Wells pick up where ‘Lovage’ left off: slinky, sassy hip hoppery and Serge Gainsbourg inspired swoonathons.
Yet another spooky, lady fronted European outfit: something in the water?
07_The Bronx, IV
Thirty six minutes of snarling, Los Angelean punk-sleaze: all the attitude of ‘Appetite for Destruction’, with ballads surgically removed.
06_Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Like Clockwork’
Josh Homme perfects his unsettling, narcotic robot-rock: triumphant after the near misses of the last couple of albums.
I cannot recommend this glorious, hirsute throwback of an album enough: anthemic, top loaded with riffery and demanding to be cranked in a Trans Am.
Lemmy still packs a mean whallop, and he’s as old as me dad.
Technically released in 2012, I only managed to get my hands on the vinyl this year, and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since.
02_Clutch, ‘Earth Rocker’
Otherwise known as ‘Workout Masterblaster Par Excellence’, this is forty five minutes of intense, face-shellacking rock and roll.
ABBA riffing Satan Fanciers: what more do you need to know?