Clutch: Psychic Warfare [Album Review]

Clutch Psychic Warfare Weathermaker Music [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: To say that I’m impressed with Clutch is a bit of an understatement. Psychic Warfare is their 11th studio album and the Maryland based group is also celebrating their 25th anniversary. In the riff based hard-rock and stoner-rock genres, Clutch have released some impressive albums … Read more

Born Ruffians: RUFF [Album Review]

Born Ruffians RUFF Yep Roc Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Born Ruffians’ slick posturing is hit and miss. Album Review: Toronto’s Born Ruffians’ fourth LP, RUFF, is power pop with a punk attitude. Band members Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Adam Hindle (drums) have a penchant for creating easily digested … Read more

Blitzen Trapper: All Across This Land [Album Review]

Blitzen Trapper All Across This Land Vagrant Records [2015] Fire Drill Album Review: In the track “Nights Were Made For Love” off of the new Blitzen Trapper album All Across This Land, lead singer Eric Earley repeats “All I wanna do is rock and roll.” That line captures the band’s goal on their eighth studio … Read more

Wavves: V [Album Review]

Wavves V Warner Bros. Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Wavves push the tempo pedal to the floor on V. Album Review: Nathan Williams was thrust into the indie music scene spotlight back in 2009 with his sophomore record Wavvves. Right from that moment, Wavves has had to grow up from just making a record to … Read more

Deafheaven: New Bermuda [Album Review]

Deafheaven New Bermuda ANTI- Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Deafheaven refuse to buckle under the weight of expectations. Album Review: So what does a young, up-and-coming band do after releasing one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade? Do they expand on all the things people found so intriguing about them in the … Read more

The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club [Album Review]

The Bottle Rockets South Broadway Athletic Club Bloodshot Records [2015] Fire Note Says: South Broadway Athletic Club is what maturity looks like. Album Review: It’s been 6 years since the last studio album of originals for Bottle Rockets, but 23 years into their recording career the St. Louis Americana quartet remains true to their classic … Read more