88 Mile Trip ~ Self Titled EP (2013)
This being my first review for the blog, I thought it appropriate to choose a group that has really made an impression on me since I was introduced to them a couple months back, so enjoy the trip. The artwork may be a bit bland by some standards (I'm a fan of simplicity in some cases), but what's inside is all that matters. The "Back to the Future" sample in the first track pretty much sets the tone for the whole EP. What begins next is 30 minutes of some heavy as hell Stoner Rock, and I love every second of it. The fuzz in this EP is enough to make anyone sit up and take notice, the guitar sound is absolutely drenched in it, save for certain parts, but then you have the addition of a super heavy, yet groovy bass line in every song it would seem, and when the drums and bass aren't doing their own thing, they hook up and burnout like a good pair of drag slicks. And all of this fuzzy, heaviness is interlaced with vocals that aren't expected, but welcomed nonetheless. The vocal performance tends to remind me of Witchfinder General in spots, which can't be a bad thing, right? Now, while this is going on, you have some guy on a drum set banging the shit out of it in perfect time, it's like a puzzle and all the pieces fall together perfectly. I had wanted to get into some of the individual songs, but I think that would prove way too long of an endeavour, instead you get an overall description of the band's individual sound. I will say that "Swamp Disco" is probably one of the grooviest songs I've heard in a very long time, it's an epic closing track, you can easily get lost in the hypnotic drum and bass rhythms in this one. But you don't have to take my word for it, go find yourself a fat sack of some good grass, smoke up and go HERE, and make your own judgement.
For Fans Of: Kyuss, Orange Goblin, Switchblade Jesus, Red River Revival, Top Dead Celebrity