Wednesday 29 November 2023

The Company Corvette - Little Blue Guy (Album Review)

Release Date: December 01st 2023. Record Label: Strange Mono Records. Formats: Cassette/DD/Vinyl

Little Blue Guy - Tracklisting

Little Blue Guy


Out Of Control

Brain Cells...But Who's Buying



Ted Tedder

Lit The Wrong End


Alexei Korolev - Guitars

Ross Prtichett - Bass/Vocals

Zach Price - Drums


Sludge/Stoner Metallers The Corvette Company return with their new album Little Blue Guy and it's an album with the lowest of low end sounding Fuzzed Out Doom and the heaviest of Distorted Sludge/Stoner melodies with the band drawing upon sounds from bands such as Black Sabbath, The Melvins, BORIS and even grungier aspects appearing. The album captures the seedier elements of the 70's Heavy Rock and Proto-Doom grooves which is transported to a minimalistic style of 1990's Sludge/Stoner Metal with the LOW & SLOW performance of the instrumental sounds that deliver the majority of the tracks to the creative finish line.

The Corvette Company delves into areas of pure good old fashioned RAWK & ROLL where sound of the album builds into classic sounding guitar shredding but with a delicate Sludge Rock and Fuzzed Up balance. Little Blue Guy moves along at its own pace which you can feel within the punishing opening tracks of Little Blue Guy, Marshmallow and Out Of Control. These three tracks alone prove that The Corvette Company offer music that's both STYLISH and full of violent distorted SUBSTANCE with some excellent vocals from Ross Ptrichett who also provides a kick-ass and threatening low-end presence on Bass Duties. Ross's vocals are modelled after both Ozzy Osbourne and King Buzzo where they move from a melodic classic Doom Metal style to the more volatile Sludge Metal style. This is a good flow to have with the album moving into unexpected creative territories within the overall WEEDIAN realm.

The Corvette Company operate at multiple speeds but the entire tone of the album is consistently "LOW & SLOW" or "AMPLIFIER DISTORTED" and that is perhaps the best way for the band to deliver their music to. As it's murky, sinister and brilliantly seedy throughout every aspect of the entire record. With powerful drumming by Zach Price and sublime aggressive Psychedelic guitars from Alexei Korolev, Little Blue Guy even captures the similar spirit that Church Of Misery deliver with their music with The Corvette Company having more focus on extended instrumental jams with a frantic Classic Hard Rock vibe appearing within the classic guitar shredding which brings a much needed 1980's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal excess energy to the album.

Other standout tracks include: Brain Cells...But Who's Buying, Drag, Ten Tedder and Lit The Wrong End. 

The later stages of the album may not be as progressive as the earlier songs but The Corvette Company offer the most riffiest and weedian mind inducing moments on perhaps the tracks mentioned above with Brain Cells..But Who's Buying and Lit The Wrong End being my favourite moments of the entire album. 

There's a deep wonderful sense of irony and awareness to The Corvette Company's lyrics but the music remains serious business with Little Blue Guy wholly becoming the band's most confident album to date. The whole record is brilliantly fun which offers listeners a damn good time within it's 41 minute running time. 

With a multitude of different styles of Doom, Sludge and Stoner Metal being played on the record where ANARCHY reigns supreme with The Corvette Company providing one of the best undiscovered gems of the underground scene this late in the day.

Little Blue Guy is one hell of a release and if you want an album with enough power to kick the living shit out of you just through their wonderfully intense grooves alone, then this is the album for you.

Words by Steve Howe 

Thanks to Discipline PR for the promo.

Little Blue Guy will be available to buy on Cassette/DD/Vinyl via Strange Mono Records from December 01st 2023.


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