Furious guitars, a voice lost in echo and relentless beat are welcoming new ears on 8 minutes 30 seconds-long Love Identity, the first song of the brand-new album by Chicago-based band Axis: Sova.

Entitled “Motor Earth”, the 9-song 41 minutes long opus brings basic but powerful rock to the game. Very simple 1-2 basic machine drumming (no cymbals!) lets the post-grunge guitars of frontman Brett Sova occupy the space. Songs like Eyes Have It – one of the catchiest of the album – make the point that the fuzz pedal could go up to 11 and still produce cool sounds.

(Like An) Intruder is all about pounding a beat while two guitars go in every direction. Very enjoyable chaos, especially at his volume. On the short Unravelling, the contrast between the thin beatbox and heavy guitars is almost comical.

Apart from the Roland drum machine, Sova included touring partners Tim Kaiser on guitar and Tyson Thurston on bass on Axis:Sova’s second opus. “Early Surf” has been released a year ago.


Motor Earth
(Drag City, 2016)

-Genre: stoner post-grunge psyche-rock

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