Wednesday, 3 June 2020

GOUTS - Big Horse I Love You (EP Review)

Release date: May 8th 2020. Label: Various. Format: DD/Vinyl

Big Horse I Love You – Tracklisting

1.Bike Ride To The Bee Shrine 03:30
2.All Hail The Big Russian 04:14
3.Fuck Those Guys 02:06
4.Gulurtak My Black Metal Friend 04:18
5.Let's Get Kinski 04:18
6.Taylors Grace 03:26


Julio Garcia - Drums
Toby Wrecker – Guitars


Big Horse I Love You is the debut EP from Aussie Instrumental Sludge/Stoner Rockers – GOUTS – who feel partially inspired by bands such as TORCHE, FLOOR and BIG BUSINESS with their heavy riffs that can be quite sweet-natured one moment and violently aggressive the next. The EP runs over 20 minutes but there is a lot of fun to be had despite the short running time.

GOUTS add a cool sounding Progressive Noise Rock sound to this EP which allows the band to play a more Psychedelic style of Instrumental Sludge/Stoner Rock. Despite GOUTS being a two-piece, the band do show a lot of different styles of music on this album that reminds me of early-era TORCHE from start to finish.

The opening two songs – Bike Ride To The Bee Shine and All Hail The Big Russian – see GOUTS in highly confident form with their Post-Sludge Rock riffs having a cool build up of different strands of Sludge/Stoner Rock with the Psychedelic moments appearing towards the end of the song. You can hear some Post-Rock/Post-Metal influences coming more into focus especially on All Hail The Big Russian.

There is a lot more to GOUTS music that you don’t realise to begin with. As there is a lot going on in the background with the excellent guitars and drumming from Toby and Julio respectively. I know Toby primarily from his work with HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS but this is the first time I’ve heard Julio drumming and he brings an intense style of drumming for Toby to build his riffs upon.

The EP is an exciting style of addictive Sludge/Stoner Metal which should keep the Stoner Rock/Metal masses entertained from start to finish. The EP truly comes alive when the band decide to play a more bolder and daring style of music especially on Fuck Those Guys and Gulurtak My Black Metal Friend.

Big Horse I Love You is an outstanding debut release from the band and I’ve heard there are plans to release a full length album in 2021. That’s one I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for. As GOUTS are quite an exciting prospect especially if you’re looking for a kick-ass Instrumental Sludge/Stoner Metal Band with a few cool original and exciting ideas of their own.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Big Horse I Love You is available to buy digitally and on vinyl through the following labels: 

La Choza De Doe, Catábasis Records, Monasterío De Cultura, Noizeland Records and Pissjoy Records