Brant bjork

Europe ’16

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Much like the ef­fects of the mar­i­juana leaf that adorns the cover of this live al­bum, time be­comes a rel­a­tively mean­ing­less con­cept in the world of for­mer Kyuss and Fu Manchu drum­mer, and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Brant Bjork. So while the al­bum ti­tle tells us the mu­sic was recorded in 2016, the over­all vibe is rooted deep in ’72.

In keep­ing with the weed­fu­elled vibes of those far off days, this live al­bum sees Bjork and his band stretch out those de-tuned and tar pit-thick riffs into ex­tended and ex­ploratory wig outs. So it is that Low End Punk be­comes a head-nod­ding 10-minute groove while Lazy Bones-Au­to­matic Fan­tas­tic floats away on multi-coloured psy­che­delic waters. Else­where, Bud­dha Time lurches for­ward, its gui­tars dragged through parched desert dust.

Alas, the al­bum suf­fers from too many fade-outs, thus mak­ing it feel more like a ‘Best Of’ but these are still ef­fec­tive hits from the bong.

A live primer for novices, and a reaf­fir­ma­tion for the faith­ful.

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