And now for something completely different… Elder, one of the most talented outfits in the stoner rock realm, have gone krautrock with what was…
Because I have all kinds of write-ups on my hard-drive for all sorts of albums you’ve never heard by all numbers of bands you’ve never heard of, it’s time for another high-in-fiber edition of Sounds from the Stoner/Doom/Psych/Whatever Underground, this one zooming in on German imprint Electric Magic Records.
“It’s really not our place to tell anyone how to do anything, or to make any sort of suggestion about how people should live. That’s something that we’ve never wanted to do and we never will do. That’s something that happens in a lot of music. A lot of punk music in particular has a political agenda of trying to convince someone of something. We’ve always been against that, and we’ve never wanted to appear that we’re sitting on a high horse trying to lead people. As you mentioned, living like we do is not an option for most people. It’s appropriate for us, but it’s just for us.”
Jonathan Smith in conversation with Aaron Weaver of Wolves In The Throne Room
In the hands of a producer who specializes in this style of music (this band was born to work with Sanford Parker), these guys could be capable of a record that sounds even more massive. For now, though, we’re perfectly content listening to one hell of a fun debut, one of the very best Canadian metal/rock albums of 2011, singer or no singer. Besides, with grooves this contagious, who needs a singer, anyway?