Bones & Comfort - 'Mothersheep' (Go Down Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 15 September 2012 04:30

bonescomfortuseThere are loads of old clichés about looks being deceiving and never judging books by their covers (except, maybe in the case of that '50 Shades...' nonsense). As far as I'm aware, there aren't (m)any about don't judge a band by their music, or music by a band - or something along those lines, anyway...  Well, we might just have to invent a new cliché to that effect!

 

Because, just listening the deep, doomy southern stoner heaviness of the riffs on this very fine debut album, you would naturally assume that those responsible had just crawled out of the deepest bayou, swigging moonshine and shaking the swamp mud off their boots - rather than having, in fact, probably strolled out of a street side café, sipping Peroni and quite possibly with a supermodel or three on each arm.  Yes, despite the dark, dirty earthiness of this power trio's sound, they actually hail from the Italian fashion capital of Milan.

 

This sort of deep, bluesy stoner rock is something that us Europeans (and I use the term in its loosest possible sense) are not terribly well renowned for doing, or doing well: in fact, outside of fellow countrymen such as DoubleWide and Triggerman, or the highly impressive Grifter, I personally am extremely hard pushed to name more than less than a handful of modern era exponents on this side of the pond.   Well, B&C certainly make a damn fine stab at establishing their credentials in this regard...

 

There are a few problems, especially with the production, which is somewhat anaemic in places, which detracts from what should be the much heavier kick-ass riffage of the likes of 'Tex Mex' and the immensely enjoyable gumbo of 'Road Pizza'. Having said that, when it kicks ass - it does so supremely, such as on the blistering opener 'We Choose Who Will Stand' and the distortion-heavy psychedelia of 'My Crusade', which is certainly one of the best songs I've wrapped my ears around this year.

 

Personal highlight is the rattlesnake acoustic 'Take Some Pills' (not advice we at UR would readily endorse, except in very special circumstances), which has a beautiful BLS-lullaby feel to it: it's closely followed by the aforementioned 'My Crusade' or the very 'Radar Love' boogie groove of the swinging 'No Country For Musicians', which features some darn tootin' fine slide geetar for the purists...

 

It might be a bit lightweight, in places, for many suvern metal fans out there, but it has its moments and is definitely worth checking out: if you like yer boogie somewhere twixt Clutch, BLS and Skynyrd, this one is for you... now pass the moonshine...

 

'Mothersheep' is out now and you can buy a copy from the band's website:

 

http://www.bonesofficial.com/

 

To pick up your copy of 'Mothersheep' - CLICK HERE