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The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment

"Shockibus Eruptum" CDR

Slutfish Records / Poe Records

Genres: acid rock, psych rock

Slutfish Records
327 Bedford Ave #A2
Brooklyn NY 11211

Jan 24 - 30 2005

The Slutfish label is always putting out psych-era acid rock revival records, and Shockibus Eruptum (an homage to Blue Cheer's legendary Vincebus Eruptum album) is no departure from the norm.  Here, The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment take us through a series of groovy, psychedelic rock songs with heavy bass and plenty of delicious guitar licks.  "Neptune's Sands" and "Orange Skies" stick out immediately due to strong melodies and convincing arrangements that really capture the essence of the band's favourite musical era.  BWST loves the guitar, but band member Edward Wilson also contributes occasional Farfisa organ accompaniment for good measure.  A few of the less melodic songs are a bit disappointing ("Orange Skies," for example); they seem to detract from Shockibus Eruptum's overall success.  Fortunately, a satisfying cover of Saturday's Children's "Born on Saturday" helps the disc out, while inspired tracks "Frozen in Time" and "U.F.O." add to the album's quality.  If you like it down, dirty, and deliciously lo-fi, Shockibus Eruptum is the perfect record to rock out to.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]