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CD ASG BLOOD DRIVE REVIEW

ASG

BLOOD DRIVE

2013

 

 

STRANGE JAGGED COLOURS

 

 

The best reviews I always find are the ones where you know nothing about the band, no preconceptions, and no peeks at the promo material gives you a blank canvas. ASG certainly has a sound grounded in the swirling mists of Stoner Rock and Psychedelia, but there’s something else here, a pop sensibility that almost recalls Brit-Pop (though not in a bad way. I think is the vocals that are somewhere in Happy Mondays/Oasis territory) and elements of the South creeping in too. It makes for an interesting album.

 

First single ‘Avalanche’ that starts us off pretty much tells the story: big bright touches of sound set this off as something uplifting and different; and the vocal delivery, often at odds with that bright intensity gives the sound another dimension. This is an interesting album, but also a bloody good one.

 

If you like something a little different then ASG might just be what you are looking for. Try ‘Day’s Work’ which begins slow and steady before opening up and exploding in the sky; or on another tangent entirely ‘Blues For Bama’ which starts off self-conscious as a Tom Waits dream before walking into a wall of Pschedelic-Prog. It’s this disparity that makes this almost un-put-down-able…

 

There’s plenty more where they came from in this 21st Century Hawkwind meets Nirvana world: ‘Earthwalk’ is out of this world with sonic reducers and astral guitar. Working equally well are the sparser moments like ‘The Ladder’’ darker moments like the cautionary tale to little ones ‘Children’s Music’ and my favourite the closing track ‘Good Enough To Eat’ a drifting ballad whose melody paints strange jagged colours.

 

One to cherish.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD ASG BLOOD DRIVE REVIEW 2013