If you haven't yet checked out Bostonian power trio Death Pesos, but had the chance to skim through the playlist they graciously curated for the Village over on spotify...you've got a pretty decent picture of what awaits. Scuzzy riffs and grimy licks are the name of the game. Throw some forthright aggression in the direction of the drums, supplement heavily with groovy bass, and bury deep in the mix some filtered buzzsaw vocals, a la your favorite Uncle Acid. These self described “garage-metal stoners” are all about noisy guitar, fuzzy ambiance, and rockin’ attitude--and on their latest single/B-side, they present a raw and rollicking amalgamation of influences. It's high-quality fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll, so we've gotta roll out the red carpet: with echoes of Cream, to Captain Beyond, to Stoned Jesus, to Faux Ferocious, to Graveyard, there's a lot of influential sounds on display in these 7-ish short minutes.
“Madam Sorceress” and the accompanying “Robotrippin’” represent two different sides of the Death Pesos, well, coin. The former is a blistering no-holds-barred romp with the titular enchantress herself. The guitar radiates and reflects the lyrical cosmic heat, and the drums crash and thrash with similar wild abandon. It's a fantastically energetic track, no doubt, and the aforementioned vocal quality only adds to this breathless dynamic. B-side “Robotrippin'” takes a more languid approach, leaning heavily into a fuzz and feedback-laden atmosphere. It approaches a jam-esque level of hazy exploration, but yet it remains grounded enough to not leave us floating without a tether. This is a worthy successor to the skin-peeling A-side, and provides a delicate balance to the package as a whole.
If you're in the mood for some rockin’ guitar--lethargic or high-strung--Death Pesos are offering both. This particular Villager recommends you check ‘em out.
Death Pesos - Madam Sorceress was released July 17th, 2019
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