New Bay Area heavy fuzz rock band The Watchers was founded by former members of local favorites SpiralArms and Orchid, making it a sort of local underground stoner rock supergroup. They’ve already signed to Ripple Music and will be releasing their debut EP “Sabbath Highway” in October. They just released their debut video for the song “Today”, check it out!
I don’t even know how I stumbled onto the Bandcamp page for Oakland’s Blackwülf but when I sparked up the stream for their latest release, I got the same feeling I get when I find random money in my pocket. Billing themselves as doom or stoner rock, Blackwülf sounds like a throwback to late 70s heavy metal powerhouses like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Killer heavy riffs and a very organic sludgy sound. A new local favorite for me!
Blackwülf’s latest release “Oblivion Cycle” (December 2015) is available on vinyl, CD and download through Ripple Music, and download/streaming is available from Bandcamp.
This is a first for me – a label being my Pick of the Week. But Riding Easy Records’ Soundcloud page works as a great sampler of some of the best indie stoner and fuzz rock out there right now. Bands like Brown Acid, Electric Citizen, and central California’s Slow Season, a band that recorded their very throwback sounding rock album Mountains in the drummer’s parents’ garage on reel to reel tape.
The whole smattering of songs is a throwback to a slower, simpler, fuzzier time. Check it out by clicking below and be transported back to the incense-burning basement of your childhood!