1. JOHN LEE SAID
Off the back of their 2002 debut "Superlube" Welsh band Goatboy do it again with the release of their latest creative cocktail - this time a mini-album (classed as an EP) with the Chandler-esque doo-wop-tastic title of "Dook Of Oil" - out on Mighty Atom Records.
"John Lee Said" starts the whole thing off with Hendrix style funky hard rock immediately giving a heady feeling of the late sixties. Its a gritty sound with tight jumping rhythms flicked into shape with funky guitars and lots of wow-wow, flutter and groove. As icing on the metaphorical cake there's a big dollop of cool dude Huggy Bear vocals that blend the lyrics into the music with expert precision. "Nitro" gets heavy with a crushing acid rock riff that pushes aside any finesse that has gone before whereas "Portion No.10" tightens further into a discharge of funk that sounds like a shit faced, old skool, Red Hot Chilli Peppers fused with a strange fragrance of jazz. The last track - "Lullaby For Abigail" - is a exercise in psychedelic soul to chill out too. Its a soothing, ambient and gentle journey towards a bewildering and violent end.
The songs on the whole focus on being up beat and high paced, with echos of The Yardbirds, Free, MC5 and Jon Spencer to mention a few. In a high quality mix of styles the result is a retro, funked up to the limit, stoner laced, blues tinged hard rock hybrid. You arrived at the party, danced, mellowed on the atmosphere, danced some more and now its time to crash on the bean-bags and drift into your trip, Goatboy take you through the whole experience. The more you listen to this the more it grows and an appreciation forms. Having a modern take on a fusion of old styles and having fun at the same time sounds like a winning formula to these ears. Now pass me the bong
Rigsby (26th April, 2003)