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is underrated. Some good tunes on that one. But if you're going to force me to answer the actual question, Sky Valley. Even though BFTRS has the best start. YOUUUU DON'T SEEM TO UNNERSTAND THE DEE-AL!
the first half(ish) of Red Sun is fucking awesome, but towards the end it loses some of my interest. Sky Valley has that extra bit of variety (plus the tunes) which keeps it great throughout. Except for "Suck My Doo".. that song almost breaks the deal
and yes, Circus is pretty good and wrongly reviled. But it just doesn't have the chemistry and songwriting of the previous ones, though it has some of the best riffs
it's best to pretend the Doo song doesn't exist.
I don't know if it means the entire album has lost steam, but the song 'Mondo Generator' is totally boring and pointless.
Sky Valley has the best 'Planet Caravan' style stoner acoustic tune too. I'm glad the lyrics are mostly inaudible in Kyuss because they are pretty bad most of the time even though his cheesy voice is excellent.
pointless and boring in the extreme, and a pretty rubbish way to end the album ("yeah" aside), probably what swayed my opinion actually. It just seems like a watered down version of the rest of the album.
And RE: the lyrics.. yes, they are almost uniformly shitty. That's what used to put me off Kyuss back in the day, Gardenia being a prime example. The bit that goes "MAKIN LUUUUUUURRVE" just made me hate Brant Bjork. Listening now i do take the vocals with a pinch of salt, and have to admit the guy can, ahem.. "wail".
check out the Bizarre festival footage (on youtube probably) to witness his hilariously bad snake dance thing. It makes up for the bad lyrics. Youbin Burnbama Lighturr.
Neil Fallon from Clutch is a fine stoner/riff/blablabla rock lyricist. His lyrics are genuinely very clever. Plus he wrote an amazing rap metal song putting down rap metal. "How come you rhyme monosyllabically? Has atrophy stricken your entire vocabulary?" Long words!
some serious lolz right there
and is there a particular Clutch album i should seek out? I've heard the name thrown about a lot but have never explored further
Pure rock fury, the solution is so clear. Calling all humans and able voluntee-ers. They are the lyrics, i'm not just being a twat.
Or try The Elephant Riders. Or the self-titled album. Or Jam Room. Or the rarities album Dig A Slow Hole To China. Iz all good.
i'll keep an eye out for Clutch bargains
much different from other clutch albums? that's the only one i heard and it's got a bluesy feel.
I've been really disappointed by the last couple of albums though. They just ain't exciting anymore. Everything up to 'Blast Tyrant' was really good.
i'll check out their earlier stuff then.
I preferred it to Robot Hive/Exodus anyway. Transnational Speedway League is probably my favourite as it was the first of theirs I heard way back in 1993!
are two of the best Clutch songs ever. But then it gets worse.
Transnational Speedway League is totally different to the other stuff i've got. It's more like Helmet or something.
if only it didn't have that extra track at the end it would be 100% perfect.
but really you should start with blues, then move onto sky and circus in order.
the "best of" is worth picking up too, it's not actually a best of, it's pretty much a rarities album with a couple of the hits like demon cleaner chucked in.
ignore wretch completely. it's rubbish in pretty much everyway, like listening to a different much much worse band.
for me. I haven't listened to Kyuss for ages...I'm going to do it now!
is a good example of a compilation that isn't totally pointless, it's well worth buying if you're a fan.
did you see Brant Bjork and the Bros (with the other Kyuss drummer on drums) are playing in Sunderland in November?
brant and alfredo in sunderland!? :'(
Jeffrey Lewis is also playing in Durham but I can't make it :-(
I am happy that Sunderland is finally getting vaguely famous acts. High on Fire/Pelican double header in December!
have been booking some pretty rad shows for sunderland recently (myspace.com/portionsforfoxespromo), if only it was easier for me to get back from sunderland on work nights.
im amazed they got jeff to play durham and didn't manage to get him a newcastle show.
runs about 45 minutes later than the metro from Newcastle, which is odd. That extra 45 minutes would mean people from Sunderland wouldn't have to leg it out of gigs at the Cluny at 10:45. It would be class. I would need a car for Durham. A car! Fortunately the only Durham gigs I see advertised are old school 1977 punk so it's ok.
That's the site I was reading! They do good work.
at the moment so even newcastle gigs that aren't near the trainstation or on a nightbus night are a struggle for sometimes.
yep, the only shows in durham are either misfits/damned/other old old school punk or local bands, a most of whom seem to be still doing the old school punk and oi thing.
best thing in durham i've seen is one night stand in north dakota. acoustic duo not entirely unlike two gallants with social commentaryish lyrics. they're supporting chris tt when he's in newcastle i think.
Chris TT is playing at the Head of Steam aka best venue for getting the metro ever. Worth a go!
It's ...And The Circus Leaves Town
Probably because it's the first oen I heard though... Some great riffs... I haven't heard Sky valley so I can't vouch for that one...
I spent the day yesterday listening to Fu Manchu though.... most amusing....
closely followed by Circus Leaves Town. <3 Kyuss.
all the way
no doubt. 'blues' is great, but it don't have 'demon cleaner'. does anyone else get the image of the undertaker hairing down a desert highway on a big fuck-off harley when the groove kicks in on that track? plus 'sky valley' is my mum's favorite album ever, so i get to listen to it when she does the dishes.
It's just HUUUUUGE. Plus Blues...is too sludgy for my liking.
Still a great album but Sky Valley is brilliant.