The latest offering from New York’s White Hills is full of the spacey psychedelic grooves that make them one of the best rock outfits jamming today. With sounds straight from the ’70s, they create fresh sounding original tunes that remind the listener of Deep Purple or Thin Lizzy.
Frying On This Rock kicks off with the powerful “Pads Of Light,” with pounding drums, fuzzy guitars, and gravely vocals. Two songs that really stand out are “Robot Stomp” and “I Wrote A Thousand Letters (Pulp On Bone),” a pair of instrumentals that clock in at over 11 minutes each. “Robot” is a steady guitar drone that builds in intensity before blasting off into a varied conglomerate of rhythms, noises, and grooves, and “Letters” is an epic example of everything the spaced-out rock crew does best.
While just five tracks in length, this album still packs 45 minutes of intense rock music. Like all of their tunes, White Hills’ Frying On This Rock is meant to be played at high volumes. It will bore its way into the listener’s ear and demand they pay attention. Look for it to make the best of lists at the end of 2012.
(Thrill Jockey Records, PO Box 08038, Chicago, IL 60608)