Opening track Vivisection (which is more like an intro than an actual song) establishes the era Sun God Replica are building their foundation on – late ‘60s/early ‘70s, with fuzzed out guitars, layered vocals, screaming solos and just in this track – a pulsating organ heavily laden with effects. In Love With The World follows on with a meaty and relentless riff setting the tone for what’s in store on Primitive Clockwork – solid riffs and memorable guitar licks that set their songs above the waves of generic rock that is emanating from jam rooms around the world. The title track Primitive Clockwork keeps on with the heavy grindin’ stoner groove with talk of “monkeys rolling ‘round my brain” but on Pavlov’s Dog pop starts to rear it’s pretty head. Some 12 bar blues keep this track upbeat and catchy as Link argues convincingly that, “We don’t all gotta love Pavlov’s Dog” (a prog rock band from 1970). The pace slows down with Old Man Bile, the vocals in the verses are saturated in reverb and float above the riff in a psych rock fashion but when the chorus comes in with its off kilter indie feel and matter of fact lyrics, we jump forward to 1990.
Talk Talk is a garage stomper with a killer Chuck Berry meet Angus Young kind of solo and a brilliant cover of I Want You by the Troggs turns the ‘60s rocker into a droning lament that could have been penned by Kurt Cobain.
Sun God Replica take ‘70s stoner/fuzz rock, infuse it with pop harmonies and clever vocal hooks, leaving their own distinctive musical scent all over it.
BY KRYSTAL MAYNARD
Best Track: Old Man Bile
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In A Word: Atypically-Awesome