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Pod People : Swingin' Beef

I will admit that when the band approached me to review some of their work, I hesitated. Despite their assurances that they were not yet another stoned Kuyss clone, their name and a web page on stonerrock.com made me suspicious anyway. [note by admin.: That page is gone, but their MySpace page isn't.] Well as so often is the case, good old paranoia and prejudgement proved to be cruel mistress, and these Pod People pleasantly surprised me.

Pod People have strong stoner rock tendencies; they can at times sound psychedelic, but when you're grooving your little stoner heart out and you are about to hail the mighty mushroom (or some other mind altering substance)… cookie monster growls and death-metalish music! At times the growls accompany the psychedelic grove but its not uncommon for Pod People to suddenly show more than a sparkle of death-metal. Imagine Entombed going stoner rock and you might actually have a good idea of how this sounds. Still it must be said that the stoner influences outweigh the death-metal influences by far.

The entire album has a relax vibe all over it and it is obviously 'smoking' music. Growls and death metal influences or not, the atmosphere remains one of "chill out". Which is actually something I quite admire, because these Pod People can be pretty heavy at times and it is hard to show any death-metal influence without also sounding more brutal. Pod People however manage it perfectly and create groovy, relaxing, doomy and stoned out ear candy. Yes, they definitely surprised me and if you're not familiar with them I'd say let them surprise you too. And if you are familiar with them, why in gods name are you reading this review anyway? :)

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Woolly Mammoth
2. Modah
3. Sneaky
4. Spark
5. Lumpton Swayles

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes.

Visit the Pod People bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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