woensdag 28 januari 2015

Thieves By The Code – Tales From The Green Muse…And Beyond

Thieves By The Code – Tales From The Green Muse…And Beyond
Self released – 2014
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Booze
Rated: ***

Thieves By The Code grab influences from when the late sixties spilled over to the early seventies but without sounding like yet another retro rip-off. This is hard rock but with a myriad of street smarts that make this collection of songs sound like the first Queens of The Stone Age companion album. Groove is all around and when then guitars pin down a riff, it stays fucking pinned down. Clean vocals have been recorded with some distortion to bring a sleazy garage vibe to things. The band can change from sleepy psych ditties to hard rocking stoner in a blink of an eye which delights the ear and makes my feet stomp with nervous energy. Use of spoken samples have been cleverly used with great effect which augment the great song compositions. There is a punky energy within these grooves that demands to be played over and over. Thieves By The Code do not batter you over the head with sheer noise or volume – with tunes as catchy as these, they let the music do the talking.

(Written by Tony)

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