Saturday, 25 June 2016

RADIO MOSCOW – LIVE! IN CALIFORNIA (Alive Natural Sound 2 x LP, CD, D/L).

For those in the know, the San Diego based Radio Moscow are one of the best Psychedelic Blues/Rock bands on the planet. The power trio led by Stratocaster genius Parker Griggs have found THE formula………. powerful, crunching Sabbath style chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian which plants its flag firmly in the territory where Psychedelic Rock and cranked-up Blues meet. Taking the essence of the best late 60s/early 70s heavy Blues Rock bands such as Cream, Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Groundhogs and Taste while remaining completely relevant, Radio Moscow are an amped up joyride to the centre of the mind. With material pulled from all their previous four studio albums and featuring new arrangements, their new album Live! In California was recorded absolutely live (no overdubs) over two nights at The Satellite club in Los Angeles in December 2015. The album contains 76 minutes of the trio's unique brand of high-energy Psychedelic Rock ‘n' Roll which will blow the mind of any guitar heavy “Classic Rock” disciple.

Although not doing anything particularly radical with the genre, Radio Moscow take Psychedelic Blues to another level by the sheer brute force of pulverising bass and drums underpinning Parker Griggs jaw dropping, virtuoso guitar explorations which are a thrilling mix of deep down and dirty heavy rock and soaring psychedelic swirl. Coming on like a blend of the flowing Psychedelic inventiveness of Jimi Hendrix combined with the Bluesier earthiness of Rory Gallagher, Parker Griggs leads Radio Moscow through a barnstorming 14 song set which takes in high octane heavy rock riffarama (‘Rancho Tahoma Airport’), cosmic boogie (‘I Don't Need Anybody’) rootsy blues (‘City Lights’ and ‘Deep Blue Sea’) and stoned psychedelia (‘250 Miles/Brain Cycles’ and ‘Before It Burns’) on a wild ride through the rocky landscapes of the start of the 1970s. Perfectly encapsulating the sound of a band on fire, Live! In California is the perfect introduction to this great band for new listeners and for those of us who are already familiar with these tunes, it’s confirmation that Radio Moscow are one of the most exciting and electrifying Psychedelic Blues outfits in the world.
   
Due for release by Alive Natural Sound Records on 8th July 2016, Live! In California is available to pre order from their website. Available a limited edition 2 x LP with a press of 300 copies on starburst vinyl or as a CD with a digital download available from Amazon.


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