Tuesday 13 August 2019

DUNES - Take Me To The Nasties (Album Review) and Video Premiere Of SOS

Release date: September 06th 2019. Label: Sapien Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Take Me To The Nasties – Tracklisting

1.Take Me To The Nasties 
3.Been Expecting You
4.Release The Clowns
5.Phantom Head
6.Danger Mouth
7.Shakamoto's Revenge
9.Denim Casket 
10.Everything Is Blue


J - G/V
A - B/V
N - D


Take Me To The Nasties is the highly anticipated debut album from UK Desert Rock/Stoner Metallers – DUNES – who are from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Which is coincidently my home town. So I was super excited to hear and review this album and the guys don’t disappoint at all. Taking influence from bands such as Clutch, Red Fang, QOTSA and Torche. DUNES have all the bases covered with their highly infectious blend of Desert Rock and Stoner Metal that has a vintage Punk Rock sound holding everything together.

The album flies out of the hurdle with the first two songs – Take Me To The Nasties and SOS. Both tracks show that DUNES play their own style of Desert/Stoner Rock with a rough and ready attitude. The band take the street credibility of early QOTSA with the hard rocking aggression of Red Fang. The vocals and lyrics are very much in your face and allow DUNES to have a no holds barred approach to their music. There are some cool sounding Psychedelic Rock vibes played on SOS and makes the album even more addictive.

Third song – Been Expecting You – has a classic QOTSA feel to it again with the jagged edge Stoner Rock riffs building upto a confident rhythm. DUNES show a real creative flair for writing music that gets straight down to the point of ROCKING OUT.

Take Me To The Nasties overall production is quite raw from the start and it’s quite good for the most part of the album. There’s a couple of rough moments on the later stages of the song but nothing major to complain about.

Fourth song – Release The Clowns – is where DUNES finally bring a more thunderous Stoner Metal groove to their overall sound and this perhaps one of the best songs on the album. The song is quite intense in places and has an unforgiving nature with it’s Red Fang style delivery. Though this is still DUNES show and they prove they know how to write a loud and mean Stoner Metal song.

Other standout songs on the album include – Phantom Head, Danger Mouth, Shakamoto’s Revenge and Denim Casket – with DUNES employing a more rigid style of music that opens the album to echoes of Doom Metal and even Drone Rock in places.

Take Me To The Nasties is the type of album that you wish QOTSA would still make today before they left the Stoner Rock/Metal world behind. This is one of the most exciting and fast-paced Stoner Rock/Metal albums you’ll likely to hear this year.

DUNES have proved their worth already on this debut album and I can only see great things happening to this band over the next 12 to 18 months. My advice is to get with the program and check DUNES out now.

You won’t be sorry…..

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to David at Sapien Records for the promo. Take Me To The Nasties will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Sapien Records Psych Sounds from September 06th 2019.

Check out the new video for the excellent new song SOS from their upcoming new album.