Let me introduce you to a relatively new Brisbane three-piece group called Fumarole. They have recently released their first DIYEP called Mountain. Listen for yourself HERE. They describe themselves as Metal / Doom / Psych / Stoner Rock, so I made a cup of tea, put on the good incense and braced myself for a musical journey.
A 'short sharp shock' before a groovy bass line announces the start of this five-track EP with Timelord. The lyrics appear to be quite sci-fi influenced. Although the mix is a little thin at times and the vocals are a little obstructed by the guitars at the forefront of the mix, the intention and ideas are still present. Remember, this is rock and roll, kiddos, it’s not supposed to be perfect. Music is supposed to make you feel and this does. This is a DIY effort – the band’s first and it’s great.
Feeding Hand is furious, funky, and riff heavy. A fuller sound and amazing instrumental performances evoking a real sense of atmosphere and depth. From the first listen, I know I want to see this track live and soon.
Field gets heavier again with a doom-like opening that is massive before a very catchy riff. The vocals are a great example of characterful and passionate grunge-rock singing, although they are a little quiet. The psych-influenced guitar solo – read musical journey – makes you forget the riff for a minute and then, when it drops back in, it hits you square in the chest. This is a great example of using songwriting and arrangement techniques to create a point of interest and light and shade within a song.
The Light starts off with huge guitars and heavier vocals that are more present giving a real depth to the listening experience. This track is right up my alley. For me it sounds a little Baltimore Gun Club-esque and musically reminds me ever-so-slightly of my favourite BGC track Persona. Heavy and psych influenced. You can see what I'm talking about by listening to PersonaHERE.
The EP closes with Inside The Diving Bell which is straight up psych-rock goodness. This track features some amazing musicianship and sounds and delightful heaviness. This instrumental song takes the listener through many musical journeys and is best enjoyed with incense.
The songs on this EP are like paths to little musical journeys for the listener. The musicianship is excellent, the use of songwriting techniques is clever and tasteful and the band creates a great sound together. I can't wait to see them live.
Gold Coastians can catch Fumarole LIVE at Snooker World with The Aunties, Second Hand Toothbrush and Pretty Cash on October 27th. For event details click HERE.