Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heady Blues Cruise...

Groggy - Turtle (2015)

The arrival of this album is one which I've been anticipating for quite a while, as Groggy have been on my 'personal favorites' list since the first time I heard their WooDoo EP (if you missed it the first time, you can find our review of that right here, and the one for their Deep Siberian Session here).  Happily, Groggy do not disappoint with this LP, and the near-hour of bluesy stoner heaviness finds them taking a wide range of approaches to their essential style.
From the off-beat start of "Hurricane" all the way to the 11-minute-plus closer "Electric Chair of Doom", Groggy fight against falling into a rut, throwing out curve-balls and unpredictable twists of sound without breaking flow.  Taking swings at metal hardness and more relaxed blues cruising, the duo of Max and Vitalii (and a few musical guests) keep things lively without stripping the real bluesiness out of the music.
If you haven't heard Groggy before, this is a hell of a place to begin (in a good way), and if you're already a fan of the band, Turtle will have you grinning wide.  You'll get to hear several different sides to their style, get a few tunes hooked in your ears, and get introduced to what is almost certainly the best Siberian stoner blues group there is (and if you've got a challenger for that title, by all means, let me know).  If you can pour a glass of vodka to complement the experience, all the better; just do yourself a favor and listen to these guys already.
~ Gabriel

For Fans Of;    Bomg, Danzig, Goya, The Munsens, Weedeater


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