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BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND REVIEW 2014

 

BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND

BLACK POWER FLOWER

NAPALM RECORDS

NOVEMBER 14 2014

 

 

So here it is the album we talked about with Brant earlier this year when Vista Chino has just dropped, and to be honest after a great album by compatriot John Garcia a few months ago the pressure was really on to pull out something special and in short – he’s done just that!


Whilst the ‘Low Desert Punk Band’ might not be ‘Punk’ by many people’s definition of the word they are certainly ‘Punk’ in attitude and it’s that bite and spite that lifts the songs on ‘Black Power Flower’ to something rather special.


And it doesn’t get much better than opener ‘Controllers Destroyed’ which as you might expect is an all ‘Desert and Doom’ Anthem – familiar enough sure, but a song that definitely kick-ass. There’s more of this type of song of course from ‘We Don’t Serve Their Kind’ that immediately follows to ‘That’s a Fact Jack’ which are also two songs whose titles make you recall movies – Star Wars and Stripes respectively.


As a whole ‘Black Power Flower’ ranges nicely through the upbeat and lowdown reaching peaks with ‘Where You From Man’: the stoned closer that is currently our favourite; through the spacey ‘Boogie Woogie on Your Brain’ to the lower key moments like ‘Stokely Up Now’ and ‘Hustler’s Blues’.


And whilst this may be more I line with what you imagined it would be, despite the name of the band, the great news is that is it perhaps even more coherent than John Garcia’s recent release.
Definitely a late runner for many ‘Album of the Year’ lists.

 

 

by Leslii Phillips

 

BRANT BJORK AND THE LOW DESERT PUNK BAND - BLACK POWER FLOWER - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014