The Bad Light – Temples
Self released – 2016
Rock, Stoner, Psych, Garage, Blues
After the wholesome start of the first track called The One, with a merry-go-rounding guitar and a slow drum stampede, added vocals and an ever building and filling instrumentation, you can feel a bit overwhelmed by the almost cluttered mid-section. The sensation of drifting off and falling. Dead center in the middle of a tempest still shines that pure chiming melody. But then they slow down and start over again and you are immersed. Immersed in a complete universe of sound and wonderful layers. Cause it’s just one guitar, one drum and two voices. Wow. The Bad Light latest album Temples has you cornered and will beat you into submission, without a doubt and with a lovely padded Billy club. They hail from Santa Cruz, California, were originally a duo and bring forth a holy mixture of stoner, psych, garage, blues and doom. On their new effort they’re a trio, consisting of drum, guitar and vocals. The songs resonate through your bone structure and fill your very being. As mentioned before, many of the multi layered, yet basic sounding tracks overwhelm, take by storm and will have you gasping for air. Simply because the intensity of their sound is so immediate. It’s the blues stomp everything is based on. Righteous and wild! And then there are those female and male twin vocal duties, running with each other and bouncing off each other. It chimes like pyroclastic crystal! Almost too beautiful! As does the entire album. One track and you might want it to stop or it might kill you. A second one will make you think it will kill you when it finally does stop. Gorgeous! And where we loved Marrow Of Sound and Onward Downward, Temples is simply in a league of its own. Brilliant!
(Written by JK)