Saturday 22 July 2017

Petyr - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: May 1st 2017. Label: Outer Battery Records. Format: CD/DD/Music

Petyr – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Texas Igloo 08:02
2.Middle Room 00:24
3.Stairway to Attic 02:56
4.Satori III 06:31
5.Old and Creepy 04:40
6.Kraft 04:18
7.Three to Five 05:31
8.Vambo/Buffalo Stampede 06:50


San Diego Psych/Skate/Stoner/Acid Rockers – Petyr – have created an almighty spaced out rock album for their debut record. Running under 40 minutes, Petyr create a whirlwind of different spaced out jammed based noises that takes influence from Earthless and Black Sabbath in many ways. The opening track – Texas Igloo – is drenched in classic sounding Acid Rock vibes with the band paying a nod to Monster Magnet at times especially with the vocals sounding like a younger and more hungrier Dave Wyndorf. Though Petyr still manage to create their own addictive hallucinogenic sound.

The band play fast and loose with the rules of Psychedelic/Stoner Rock as the band throw many different sounds into the mix and that the makes the band very hard to describe. Songs such as Stairway To Attic, Satori III, Old and Creepy, Three To Five and the excellent final track Vambo/Buffalo Stampede all prove that Petyr are perhaps on a different level to other upcoming Psychedelic/Stoner Rock bands as they create music that holds your attention with loud swirls of psychedelic riffs that are immersed with cool lyrics and vocals to match.

The production on the album is masterfully produced as the sound is fantastic throughout with each different level of fuzz, psych, stoner and acid rock grooves all culminating in a loud bombastic sound. This is an album that feels perfectly right at home in both the classic sounds 70s Psych/Stoner/Hard Rock and the more modern Psych/Acid Rock revival currently appearing.

The other standout element of this album is Petyr's keen willingness to experiment with their sound and include heavier elements of music such as Thrash and Punk but still staying true to their Skate/Psychedelic roots.

Petyr may not be the finished article yet but this album could be the launchpad for bigger and better things for the band. On this form, the band deserve all the accolades and rewards coming their way.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe