Warsaw psychedelic stoners Weedpecker now find themselves on Stickman Records for their third release, simply titled III. It seems to be a marriage made in heaven, with a roster that includes acts such as Elder, Motorpsycho, Papir, Mos Generator, Anekdoten, Lonely Camel, King Buffalo, and many others, Weedpecker fit right in. Containing just five lengthy tracks, III allows the four piece to stretch out quite a bit, while still allowing the overall heaviness of their music to come through. "Molecule" kicks things off in fine fashion, a wild mix of psychedelic haze, thunder, and some sensational liquid guitar tones. For "Embrace", the band once again settle into a dreamy state, the guitar textures & tones are just so alluring as the arrangement just pulls you in...no doubt these guys have listened to their old Pink Floyd records quite a bit. The way they just lurch in with some massive, Mastodon styled bombast on occasion is very cool, and the layers of guitar noise is extremely well done. These guys can flat out play. "Liquid Sky" rocks pretty hard, the high pitched vocals soaring over the top of acrobatic rhythms and layer upon layer of tumultuous riffing. The little funk/psych break in the middle is a nice touch, featuring some popping bass, nimble drumming, and King Crimson styled guitar noise. Weedpecker get all epic on "From Mars to Mercury", as prog & psych mix with thunderous stoner grooves, the spacey keyboards and guitars all weaving around each other in grand fashion. The album ends on a mostly tranquil feel with "Lazy Boy and the Temple of Wonders", again the Pink Floyd influence rears its head, along with a touch of Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead, before the crushing bombast kicks in with a vengeance. Wah-wah guitars...gotta love 'em!
The amount of variety, textures, tones, and colors here on III are quite abundant, and it's clear that Weedpecker are by no means a one-trick pony. This is an album that both stoners and proggers are going to love, and it will be a great way to kick off 2018. Reserve your copy now!
From Mars to Mercury
Lazy Boy and The Temple of Wonders