Hurling you back to the late Sixties, complete with paisley shirts, is UK's Stubb. This power trio brings heavy and psychedelic rock with damp basement production, little overdubs, and lots of fuzz. You might hear Cream or Hendrix in their vibe; it's like listening to the early proto-metal or stoner rock only in the present.
Mostly Stubb captures that genuine and classic heavy-psych rock feel across this disc. The better songs for this overarching motif are the opener Road and the closer Galloping Horses. That latter song and title betrays more than a little irony: galloping usually suggest speed while the song is mostly slow steady heavy rock. Hard Hearted Woman has a more of a lively attitude, yet still remains thumping rock. Surprises are the acoustic notes within the dirge Crosses You Bear and deep grooved Crying River. As for the rest the album, it's pretty much heavy rock.
Like their kin, Stone Axe or Grifter, Stubb get the whole early heavy rock thing, and produce an interesting and adequate platter of tunes. They're just 40 years removed from yesterday. Recommended.
Forty years removed from yesterday, Stubb delivers classic Seventies heavy, psychedelic, rock with honesty and entertaining appeal.
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