La Chinga - Freewheelin' (180 gr.) (Purple) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of 500 copies on 180 gr. purple vinyl.
Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, 'La Chinga' is a hard rockin' power trio with psychedelic tendencies. The members are influenced by Sabbath, Led Zep, the MC5 and their own superbad habits.
Lamp of the Universe/Trip Hill - Split LP (Purple) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of only 200 hand numbered copies on translucent purple colored vinyl. Deluxe glossy gatefold sleeve.
Lamp of the Universe has one long (21:48) track entitled 'Domain Of The Buddah', starting with a cosmic drone and merging into a psych jam with acid guitars, flute, space effects and chanting. Sometime in the middle things calm down and there are some proper vocals and acoustic guitar and then we're away again, jamming into the cosmos, finally ending with the drone again this time with acoustic guitars and synth effects. Trip Hill deliver five tracks of great neo psych.
Starting out with some crazy sounds effects we quickly go into a moody '60s styled track with some sitar and tripped out vocals. Amazing. Then we're into an acoustic eastern trance thing with lazy delayed vocals and fuzz guitar. Another moody piece follows, and we end this great trip with another '60s styled track with great vocals, buzzing tremolo guitar and mellow vibe.
Last of the Easy Riders - Self Titled (Orange) (IMPORT) (LP)
Limited edition of 500 copies on orange colored vinyl. Free download card.
Based in Denver, Colorado, the members of Last Of The Easy Riders share a common vision and aim to create cosmic rock'n'roll and south-western psychrock of the highest order.
Lecherous Gaze - On the Skids (LP)
Includes a download card.
Somewhere along the line, bands have to make a decision to wear their influences on their sleeve or delve into the dangerous and complicated world of innovation. Oakland’s Lecherous Gaze have made up their minds in favor of the former, and that is not a bad thing, because they apparently only listen to music that kicks ass. On the Skids is not likely to receive much national media coverage, which is a shame, because it is one of the best pure rock-and-roll releases of the year.
The reasons for this achievement are plentiful. The aspect which is most upfront are the snarling, vicious vocals, which harken to a strung out, somehow even meaner Iggy Pop from his Stooges days. On songs like “Ravenous” and “Frustrated” the listener can almost see the drunken scowl being projected onto the music. “Ravenous” might in fact be the best song on the album, a raucous head-banger that could throw the most sober teetotaler off the wagon. The song contains everything that Lecherous Gaze does well: riffs that somehow simultaneously reference Black Sabbath and Chuck Berry at the same time, varnish-peeling vocals, and a pretty awesome guitar solo.
Retro-bands generally have a tough-time, always walking a tightrope above the dangerous canyon of being needlessly derivative or irrelevant in the face of a constant stream of new music. Fortunately for Lecherous Gaze, they don’t drown in their influences, but rather use them as a spring-board for making a memorable and fun rock-and-roll album. In a year heavy on pop-infuence, On The Skids is a refreshing breath of grimy, beer-soaked air.
Lecherous Gaze - One Fifteen (LP)
Limited edition on black vinyl. Download code included.
California's Lecherous Gaze plays, in the band's own words, "Psycho-delic shred-tastic ultra-hyphened rock-punk heavy jams." 'One Fifteen', The Gaze's third full-length, showcases these hyper-talented musicians at the peak of their powers. The band spits no-bullshit, old-school, mean and greasy proto-punk straight into your face.
Lecherous Gaze - Self Titled (LP)
From the smoldering ashes of punk rock powerhouse Annihilation Time, which festered for a year and a half in a downtown Oakland flop house noted for once housing bands like High on Fire and Drunk Horse, rises the Lecherous Gaze. Steeping themselves in the Hendrix-tripped guitar-god worship of bombastic 70’s rock and the primordial 60's rockin’ rawness of Chuck Berry, Graham Clise and company’s hard-core of Flag and Sabbath worship has congealed into a sticky sweet nug of potent hard rock hash. New front man Lakis Panagiotopulos’s soulful timbres, inspiring comparisons to the legendary larynges of Joey Ramone and Glenn Danzig, layer over the punishing grooves of Chris Grande and Noel Sullivan, as mad axe man Clise shreds his Marshalls to their breaking points.
Lecherous Gaze - Zeta Reticuli Blues (LP)
Includes download code.
California's LECHEROUS GAZE was formed in 2010 by former Annihilation Time members, guitarist Graham Clise, bassist Chris Grande, and drummer Noel Sullivan. Inspired by Chuck Berry, The Damned and much in between, LECHEROUS GAZE play in their own words "Psycho-delic, shred-tastic, ultra-hyphened, rock-punk heavy jams." It's punked-up, psychedelic-tinged rock and roll, a smash-up of '60s and '70s hard rock, punk and metal influences (think: MC5 to Black Sabbath to AC/DC to The Ramones), fast and to the point. Recorded at Earhammer Studios (High On Fire, Hot Lunch), 'Zeta Reticuli Blues' delivers ten memorable tracks that showcase the sizzling six-string sonics of Graham Clise (also of Witch), the band's Sabbath-tight rhythm section, and the sneering snarl of vocalist Zaryan Zaidi. LECHEROUS GAZE play old-school, no-bullshit, in-your-face, maximum-impact ROCK.