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WE´RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE SPACEROCK

First Band From Outer Space

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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4 stars Do you like vintage ('72-'76) Hawkwind? Then this is the band for you. They definitely sound a lot like Hawkwind of the Lemmy Kilmister era. This is hard charging psychedelia of the first order. Loads of swirling, chirping synthesizers add the spacey atmosphere to the distorted bass lines and chugging guitars. None of their music is revolutionary or even evolutionary. All of their songs would easily fit with Doremi Fasol Latido or In Search of Space.

Not that any of this is a bad thing. I, for one, am a huge Hawkwind fan and I especially love their vintage years. Seeing that Hawkwind hasn't returned to that sound in the 30 years since, this is actually kind of refreshing to hear. The other thing that helps is thatFBfOS are better instrumentalists who can make use of their musical talents to make the music a bit more complicated, if only ever so slightly. Still, most of use will simply be happy to zone out to the long, trippy jams like We're Only in It for the Space Rock and not even think about anything.

BTW, I picked this up at CDBaby.com for $15. I've seen it on Amazon for $28, so CDBaby.com is a good deal cheaper with quick delivery to boot. I'm not a paid spokespearson, just someone that likes saving $ when possible. I'd recommend picking up a copy of this today, given that they are Swedish, this album will likely not have a large print run.

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Posted Thursday, February 09, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Take one part Floyd [One Of These Days, Careful With That Axe Eugene], one part Hawkwind [Space Ritual] and one part Metallica [Nothing Else Matters], mix together on a shiny plastic disc, insert into appropriate audio replay device, set volume to max and wait for a grin to appear. It will. For me it is roughly eleven minutes in - just at the point where Sannraijz lifts off into a stellar jam worthy of the great Brock himself .....

We Are Only In It For The Spacerock is the debut from this Swedish three-piece band - at least, they were a three piece when most of this album was recorded [a flautist joined in time to record the final track]. While their line-up cannot be considered unique, it is nonetheless atypical in their chosen field: a core of bass, guitar and drums doing most of the work. Guitar and bass are featured inventively as a twin attack while synths are used to provide Dr Who style noises - bleeps and blarts, a kind of cosmic ambience not unlike the effect achieved by Dik Mik and Del Dettmar in 70s Hawkwind.

From this self-imposed limited palette, the band extract an interesting and varied range of moods while never straying far from a Space Rock template. Much of it occupies the heavier side of the genre, at times edging close to Heavy Metal, uncomfortably so for my taste but others will undoubtedly revel in this aspect of their music. Songs progress, but with an emphasis on gradual transitions rather than complex structures, an ebb and flow of tempo and intensity, forever on the move.

This pattern is ably demonstrated by the title track, effectively a 20 minute slow burning instrumental jam session complete with all the required ingredients [except vocals]. To me, a "20 minute jam" would normally be a recipe for terminal boredom, but these guys maintain my interest throughout with some killer riffs and guitar work, and plenty of variety: from a solid wall of sound to totally ambient, from high energy to serene and laid back.

Overall though, the album is a little patchy and lacking cohesion. Sometimes Going Too Far .... goes, well, a little too far down the Metal road; the acoustic interlude provided by Sannraijz II is a nice idea but is far too long with no progression; while Make Yourself Heard .... has the added benefit of flute and a nice groove: though ultimately failing to deliver by resorting to pointless improvisational noodling, it does at least provide a glimpse of a future direction for the band.

Perhaps it might have benefitted from a stronger hand on the production tiller and a greater attention to details like songwriting, but as a debut this is a good effort, establishing the band's distinct character as a basis for progression. Their second album [now available] does indeed take a step forward, a clear improvement in all areas, especially in using a wider range of sounds than here.

I liked this album enough to go out and buy the follow-up when it became available. If, like me, you are searching for a 21st century version of classic Hawkwind, then this band are worth checking out. This debut is good, but the follow-up is much better ....

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Posted Thursday, July 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
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4 stars First Band from outer Space is a young band influenced by 70s' Hawkwind and the stoner rock movement. Their first release We´re Only In It For The Spacerock delivers a raw, energic and powerful psychedelic metal. Heavy cosmic Jam into the universe !

The album opens with experimental old school synthetizer sounds which makes you immediately take off from Earth, to announce Sannraijz, a catchy trippy metal tune with reverb effects. The baby of Space Ritual ! Besides, Sometimes Going Too Far is The Only Way to Go ressembles a little to Hawkwind's Time We Left this World Today. The disc continues with Sannraijz 2, a pretty interesting acoustic version of the song featured before. But the highlights here are undoubtly the last two tracks. The title song features 20 great minutes of instrumental dark space rock improvisation with changes of music and rythm, alternating peaceful and powerful movements. This jam is sometimes reminiscent of Subarachnoid Space's music. The cosmic trip ends with the heavy Make yourself heard for the sake of the world, a mini space rock epic with beautiful flute playing !

We're Only In It For The Spacerock is highly recommended to Space and Stoner Rock fans, especially Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and early Monster Magnet fans !

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Posted Friday, January 26, 2007 | Review Permalink

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