Monday, October 24, 2011

Drone With Groove...

Le Scimmie - Dromomania (2011)


I'll openly admit I'm not a massive fan of 'drone'. I often feel perplexed and annoyed that I've just spent £20+ for an album that consists of little more that fuzz and feedback. Yeah I dig a lot of Sunn O))), Jesu and the Boris stuff but its not really my 'go to' choice. Still, when I put this EP on my heart initially sank. The fuzz and ambiance made me feel like I was about to torment myself with mindless noise for god knows how long.
I was wrong.
Yeah the EP opens with a mellow tone and spaced out feel, but as soon as that passes the super down tuned space sludge begins. Like an early Crowbar sans Kirk Windstein, the riffs roll over and over in a nothing short of crushing way. They're the kind of tunes that you stereotypically expect from angry looking men with beards and tattoos. Which is kind of weird as Angelo (guitar) or Mario (drums) really fit into neither category. Looking more like a hipster Black Keys than a trippy ambient doom outfit. But appearances can be, and sure are in this case, deceiving. Besides thats doesn't matter in the slightest. It's all about the final product not image. That being said you really must also check out the video for the album's title track... It's creepy, weird and perfectly fitting. Like an odd 4 minute art house doom kinda project. To be honest you don't really even need the music playing to appreciate it. So strange, yet totally apt.

All in all it's a short but sweet affair, as the EP is spread over 4 tracks and lasts a total of about 12 minutes. But its 12 minutes well worth a listen. For a physical copy and one of their great looking shirts head over to their merch page.
I'll hopefully be bringing more from these guys to you soon, so watch this space.

~ Jay

For Fans Of; Sunn O))), Eyehategod, Crowbar, Karma To Burn, Old Man Gloom