We Are Solid State
The Bridgend boys are back with their third album in a year when alternative rock seems to be making a bit of a comeback.
Determined not to simply re-trace their steps and release Everything Takes Forever Part 2, Peachfuzz have instead turned everything up to 11 and thrown caution to the wind with 10 tracks that somehow manage to bridge the gap between balls-to-the-wall rock and roll and their softer, more measured power-pop sensibilities.
This is all neatly illustrated by the opening track, a Social Distortion styled punk rock anthem that straight away sets the stage for what's to come.
Only it doesn't. Not really... "Like I Do" comes across like Screaming Trees at their best (Adam even goes a little Mark Lanegan as he repeats the song's title at the end), "If It Makes It Easier" harks back to the Teenage Fanclub influences that have been a part of the Peachfuzz DNA since day one and Nowhere Calling gives definite nods to Neil Young. The album ends with the epic Oh Cordelia! - the longest track ever to appear on a Bombed Out release which ends things in style with a coda the aforementioned Fannies would have been proud of back in their Bandwagonesque days. Oh, and we've not even mentioned the solos! Dear God... The solos!
Yep, make no mistake - Adam Jones and the lads have gone and done good. 2012 has already blessed us with a great Soul Asylum album and Bob Mould returning to his Sugar-y best so perhaps it's fitting that Peachfuzz have chosen so confidently to push onwards and upwards with We Are Solid State. To put it bluntly, it's a fucking beast.
- Down To Me
- Close Enough
- Like I Do
- If It Makes It Easier
- Blood On The Moon
- Nowhere Calling
- Just Give Me Something
- Break Me Again
- For Your Love
- Oh Cordelia!
Jones - singing & guitars
Griffiths - guitars & singing
Tee - bass & singing
Cooke - drums
- Peachfuzz - Raise High Your Bright Halo Of Stars CD 2015 (Bombed Out Records)
- Adam Jones (Peachfuzz) - EP2 Free Download 2014 (Bombed Out Records)
- Peachfuzz - We Are Solid State CD 2012 (Bombed Out Records)
- Adam Jones (Peachfuzz) - EP1 Free Download 2011 (Bombed Out Records)
- Peachfuzz - Everything Takes Forever CD 2010 (Bombed Out Records)
- Peachfuzz - So Here We Are Tonight CD 2008 (Rat Patrol Records)