Wild Rocket | ‘Geomagnetic Hallucinations’
Album Of The Month August 2014
First up, what a great title.
For a band playing space rock, you couldn’t get a more apt description of what’s inside this fabulous, spangly tin. It’s also clad in some fantastic artwork. Top marks.
In terms of the music, Wild Rocket really have put in the effort over the course of three releases now, and it’s starting to come good.
What’s most impressive about this latest outing is just how unashamedly fun it is.
‘Layers’ opens with a riff that sounds like a score to a dodgy Persian film from the 70s, and establishes their atmospheric fuzzy warmth. It’s the change in pace about two thirds of the way through though that really kicks this album off.
The speed picks up, and the band’s wonderful synthesizer blooping comes in to lift the track into space. It’s a continuing motif through songs and works an absolute treat.
It’s followed up with the album’s standout, ‘Blowholes’, which just slays. There’s no more description needed – you just have to hear it.
It’s an enormous riff, again complimented perfectly by those bloops and bleeps, and with a great mentalist vocal line that, strangely, recalls someone closer to Johnny Rotten than the likes of the Hawkwind you could be forgiven for expecting.
What’s most satisfying about them is their mix of influences. There’s as much synth pop in here as there is stoner and fuzz, and it’s an effervescent, heady brew.
The reason they get away with it is the simple reason that they write fantastic tunes that make you happy. And it absolutely, unequivocally rocks your socks.
What on earth is not to like?
They’re a band on fire right now writing quality tracks, and – I dearly hope – appealing to a very broad spectrum of fans. They could fit on a lot of bills and satisfy all.
Jump in their silver machine and blast off to planet rock. Get this awesome little vinyl.
Also – contender for artwork of the year? Let’s have that talk in December.
4.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 04/08/14