Eric Miller: drums and percussion
Phil Dürr: guitar and leads
Scott Hamilton: guitar and effects
Eric Hoegemeyer: piano, backing vox, percussion, sounds
Matthew Richards: backing vocals and other noises
One of my favourite things about writing about music is that I get the chance to listen to and review music that I have never heard of before. Some albums simply don’t move you, but once in a while, an album finds its way to you and smacks you square in the face. Luckily, the latest album from Luder falls into the latter of the aforementioned categories.
From the off, the album is a groove laden feast for the ears. The bass tone is awesome. It rolls around and simmers throughout the whole record. Match these up with some stunning guitar work that veers between sludge, stoner, doom and psyche rock, and the concoction is lethally good. Driving the album on is the drumming that switches tempo throughout with aplomb. It really is tremendous. The mix of male and female vocals are dreamy throughout which heighten the predominantly stoner vibe, although the band definitely cannot be pigeon holed as a stoner rock band.
Of the tracks, I'd struggle to find fault with any of them. ‘Never Liked You’ has some glorious open riffs with driving drums which whet the pallet perfectly for the rest of the record. ‘One Eye’ is a sprawling beast that festers anxiously before exploding with cymbals crashing and a euphoric guitar melody. ‘Heartfelt’ plays with many tempos and allows the guitars to build to a climax of ‘wah-wah’ effects. One of the album’s many high points is the expansive ‘Dirge.’ The track is a near ten minute psychedelic delight. The rolling bass and crashing drums again possess the track with untameable groove, whilst the guitars and vocals add some stunning colour to the picture. An ambitious take of David Bowie’s ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ pays off in abundance. Some of the riffs at the start of the track and throughout are reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine. Album closer, ‘Remember What I Said’ is another slab of pure groove and goodness.
As ever, show your support to the band by checking them out at the various links. You can buy the DD here now and record will be available from 8/10/2013. Thanks to Scott @ Small Small Recordings.