Weedeater | Record Review | Indy Week
Pin It

Weedeater 

God Luck and Good Speed
(Southern Lord)

Listen!

If you cannot see the music player below, download the free Flash Player.

Read Grayson Currin's feature on Weedeater.

click to enlarge 8.29-musleadreview_weedeate.gif

Accepting stoner metal on its own terms isn't the easiest thing. As if taking names like Electric Wizard and Orange Goblin seriously wasn't already tough enough, stoner metal dudes typically champion bong rips, puke 'n' rallies, ugly beards, acid stories and the most annoying kind of whimsy—the drugged-out, meathead kind, to be exact.

On its third record, though, Wilmington sludge threesome Weedeater has more in common with "academic" girth metal bands like Om and Sunn O)))—or the straight up mud of San Fran purists Acid King—than the vintage hesher smoke-shop stuff, name aside. Proof? That wet, blobby, bass-heavy mass of tone coming from the stringed instruments smeared across God Luck and Good Speed. Recorded by Steve Albini, the album is the rawest offering in an already raw catalog. Albini's touch sends Weedeater even deeper into the muck they've been traipsing through for nearly a decade. Setting the tenor immediately, God Luck opens with its title track, a wobbly alloy hum that gives way to swamp-soaked guitars and kitman Kiko's stalled stomp. The guitar trades turns with the drums in grooves that reveal the record's respect for the physicality and sloth-like, purposeful movement of pot-metal early and often.

But most impressive of all is "Dixie" Dave Collins, whose bog of a throat can croak lines like "Mankind is unkind, man" (or "I am the last Weedmonkey") without eliciting a laugh. Shit's downright scary. And in the end, for all its bongwater stench, the music on God Luck and Good Speed is a whole lot better than its stoner ephemera is bad. Accepting Weedeater on its own terms is a pretty manageable task.

  • Recorded by Steve Albini, Weedeater's third album is the rawest offering in an already raw catalog.

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Record Review



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Love it! All the songs are beautiful!

by Jon Champion on Record Review: The Return of The Veldt, The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation, Is Great (Record Review)

This release will be available Friday December 4th here:

http://gnoer.bandcamp.com/

Thanks! …

by Scott Phillips on Review: The electronic excellence of GNØER's Tethers Down (Record Review)

You should have let Currin write this. One of the best singers on earth and these were your observations? sounds …

by Remo on Record review: Jeanne Jolly's A Place to Run (Record Review)

Comments

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation