Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Band: Mississippi Bones

Also seen on Heavy Planet:

Another article, another band that has been getting overwhelmingly positive reviews, another time where I don't really know why that is. Mississippi Bones is another band to join in on the southern stoner rock state of mind and they do it fairly well, it's just nothing amazing. I've read their descriptions of their sound on other sites as sounding like just s couple of guys jamming and having fun, and I can see that. The problem with this view is that the jams aren't great. To be a jam band (not that Mississippi Bones are call themselves a jam band) you need to be spontaneous and exciting, something that this group lacks. The recording quality is so-so, but in that style where you know it's that way on purpose; like they didn't want it sounding too polished. That's something I've never been accustomed to.

Again, as it was with my review of Wheel's debut previously, it sounds like I don't like the band or their music at all, but that's just not true. They do play a consistent style of southern stoner - if you like one song, you're probably going to like most of them - with a little less emphasis on the southern (aside from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," which is a twangy country rock song; quite good), which is decent. There are some differences however, "The Silverforked Tongue of Mr. Toad" is a wild ride of a song, and "Full Moon Risin'" sounds like something (title and all) from a heavier version of CCR. These songs are the memorable tracks from the group, the ones that I will listen to again.
This review is short and sweet, mostly because, like Mississippi Bones, saying much more will just sound repetitive and unnecessary. The group is decent, and is another new band that I would like to hear more from; but only if they put some evolution into their sound. If it's the same collections of ok songs with the one or two that go above and beyond....

Stand out songs: "The Silverforked Tongue of Mr. Toad," "Band-1," "Full Moon Risin'," and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Track Listing
  1. Sasquatch Paparazzi
  2. Makin' Deals With The Robot Devil
  3. Vampire Blues
  4. The Silverforked Tongue of Mr. Toad
  5. The Leopard, The Lion and The She-Wolf
  6. Band-1
  7. The Venkman
  8. Full Moon Risin'
  9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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