T.H.U.M.B. – “Primordial Echoes For Modern Bigfoots” (Go Down Records 2012, CD)

T.H.U.M.B. are an Italian Stoner-Psych trio who incorporate lots of spaced out effects into their songs. Primordial Echoes For Modern Bigfoots is the band’s first new release since 2004’s Lunar Flight EP.

Compositionally, the 12 songs on the album are pretty basic, but what gives T.H.U.M.B. their character is their raw, dirty sound, punky vocal style, and their use of effects. Songs like Monstergods and Superlover feature down ‘n dirty spaced out Stoner Rock, with the latter song have especially cool tripped out guitar effects. Wear It Out is similar but with a far more valium-like sludgy quality. Inconsistence starts off as a more straightforward rocker, though still packs a stoned punch and has some killer psyched out guitar. Either someone else is singing or the vocalist just changed his style for this song, which is more “normal” singing and lacks the raw, punky edge of the other tracks. Road Song and Stonebridge Deluxe feature hip shakin’ stoner rock ‘n roll. Lived Namow goes in a completely different direction, being a 2 minute acoustic guitar and harmonica Blues tune. But as examples of deep space Stoner Rock my favorites of the set are Into The Deepest Green and Reaching The Afterglow. Both have great guitar effects, and Reaching The Afterglow goes totally Stoner Space Rock. It rocks hard, has a good groove, brain candy psych guitar, and has the freakiest spaced out effects on the album. Lots of variety on this one. Overall a pretty good set. A few songs tended to meander too much, but when T.H.U.M.B. find the right combination of groove and effects, they’re a hell of a lot more interesting than many of the contemporary stoner bands.

For more information you can visit the T.H.U.M.B. web site at: http://thumbstoner.blogspot.com
Visit the Go Down Records web site at: http://www.godownrecords.com

Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz

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