Gadsby & Skol

Gadsby & Skol

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You can't accuse these guys of hiding their influence: They thank Blue Cheer for inspiration right on the sleeve. The album's retro, circa 1968-1970 blues-rock-psychedelia on the verge of turning into heavy metal. If there's any Cream or Jimi Hendrix to be heard as well, that may be only because there was lots of Cream and Jimi Hendrix to be heard in Blue Cheer. It's extremely derivative, if certainly a competent derivation of a band that has never exactly had to fend off boatloads of imitators. At least Gadsby & Skol are more entitled to this indulgence than most, having actually played music in this style back when Blue Cheer was at their peak, though they didn't get to record it at that time. But really, even the prototype wasn't great music, and to hear a routine approximation of Blue Cheer isn't enlightening, though the vocals sound more youthful and engaged than most other vintage bands still churning out releases.

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