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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Narco States “Temples into Tombs” 2017 US Garage Punk,Psych Garage Rock


 Narco States  “Temples into Tombs” 2017 US Garage Punk,Psych Garage Rock
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Vinyl LP pressing. Narco States are heavily influenced by The Stooges, Black Sabbath, early Floyd, and Iron Butterfly. Drenched in sweat and reverb since 2011, Temples Into Tombs is their second album, following 2014's Wicked Sun. This album was home-recorded to sound natural and loud. The band has been honing their pop blade (see the incredible "Jealousy"), but maintain their penchant to drift into deep space for exploratory vamps ("Ahemait", "Fang Decay"). Their unique weapon continues to be Aaron Robertson's classic analog electric organ, standing prominently in the mix, fusing and complementing Nate McGuire's snaky guitar and Nick Sampson's Geezeresque bass, underscored by Robb Lauer's alternately swinging and thundering drums. Singer (and clinical lab tech) Michael MacBlane-Meyer channels Jagger and Iggy into a perfect proto-punk snarl dripping with acid.....~


If I close my eyes while listening to the new Narco States album, I can just about convince myself that the band is ripping it up on stage right in front of me. That level of energy and immediacy are somewhat the product of home-recorded fidelity but more likely a testament to a band with seriously hot chops. Out on Piñata Records, the Minneapolis outfit's excellent sophomore LP Temples Into Tombs forges a three-headed monster out of '60s garage, psychedelic rock, and proto-punk influences. 

Temples Into Tombs comes out guns a blazing on its opening tracks - sounding like what I imagine would have happened if Iggy Pop had fronted an American garage/psych band circa 1966. Propelled by Aaron Robertson's standout electric organ and Robb Lauer's powerhouse drumming, "Met Tet", "Fascist Fashionistas", and "Generation F" will get your heart pounding and your booty shaking. Meanwhile Michael MacBlane-Meyer on vocals channels Iggy at his most wild and primal - adding an attitude and edge that are generally missing from standard garage rock revivalism. This band really smashes it up! But just when you think you've got Narco States figured out, things start to get very interesting. The title track takes a slower, more mysterious turn - as much Doors as it is Stooges. The nearly seven-minute long "Ahemait" delves into acid rock/heavy psychedelia a la Iron Butterfly or Blue Cheer - allowing for deep sonic explorations but never ceasing to rock. That leads seamlessly into "Jealousy"- by far the most "accessible" track on the album and a fine example of straight-up psychedelic rock. Album closer "Fang Decay" carries on in a similar manner for nearly two minutes before departing on a long strange trip of its own. 

What I really appreciate about Temples Into Tombs is that it doesn't lose steam after those first three or four relentlessly rocking tracks. If that was all that Narco States had to offer, the album would be worth hearing but perhaps not nearly as memorable. I love that the band matches its pure energy with great creativity in songwriting and musicianship. "Ahemait" and "Fang Decay" are not just excuses for the band to jam out for five minutes plus. They're interesting, formidable songs that show a whole other side to Narco States. "Jealousy", buried all the way down at track 7, would have to be considered the "hit". If, in the digital age, you wonder why bands even bother making albums anymore, it's worth noting how well these nine tracks fit together. This is one you'll wanna have on vinyl! ....~


We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Narco States’ new album Temples Into Tombs (listen below), which is scheduled to be officially released through Piñata Records on August 4th. You can purchase the album here. 
Lead singer Michael Meyers commented: 
“When I was asked to write about the record, the Piñata Records owner Damien Tank suggested I might want to focus on ‘the Egyptian and miscellaneous religious overtones and death presented in the songs’ (obviously I read too much Aleister Crowley). While the band’s organist Aaron suggested highlighting the existential subtexts of ‘insanity, doubt, drugs, existence, depression, reality (or lack there of)’ that is present in many of the narratives (damn you J.P. Sartre!). 

Lastly, I was contacted by drummer Robb, who viewed the album as ‘diametrically opposed to the mainstream of Minneapolis right now and represents our propensity to play and perform on the edge, not really knowing where we are heading or what is going to happen’ (I suppose I’ll blame my love of Lenny Bruce for that). Now I am left with the task of describing this record and what it is really all about….So, I guess it’s about whatever you want it to be about.”
Narco States are heavily influenced by The Stooges, Black Sabbath, early Floyd, and Iron Butterfly. Drenched in sweat and reverb since 2011, Temples Into Tombs is their second album, following 2014’s Wicked Sun. The new collection was home-recorded to sound natural and loud. The band has been honing their pop blade (see the incredible “Jealousy”), but maintain their penchant to drift into deep space for exploratory vamps (“Ahemait”, “Fang Decay”). 

Their unique weapon continues to be Aaron Robertson’s classic analog electric organ, standing prominently in the mix, fusing and complementing Nate McGuire’s snaky guitar and Nick Sampson’s Geezeresque bass, underscored by Robb Lauer’s alternately swinging and thundering drums. Singer (and clinical lab tech) Michael MacBlane-Meyer channels Jagger and Iggy into a perfect proto-punk snarl dripping with acid.....~


Narco States Temples Into Tombs from Pinata Records! is for hip-shakers and narcotic troublemakers. Garage rock sublime with 60’s style organs, ripping guitar lines, and a raucous frontman, Michael Meyer. The blend of punk and psychedelic 60’s is an electrifying experience start to finish; think The Doors, Rolling Stones and psychedelic punk rock making sonic love all over the fucking stage. 

“Met Tet” oozes 60’s psychedelia with grooving organ and garage rock rhythms. “Jealousy” laces dark-surf into rhythm and blues. The catchy vocals give a kick in the gut to the “technocratic bourgeoisie”. “Sympathy for the Dealer” has Detroit rock all over it with shouted vocals and a wild psychedelic build-up.
Temples Into Tombs is the follow-up album to Wicked Sun and their second full-length release. Available in limited edition black vinyl on Pinata Records! The Narco States is a five-piece band from Minneapolis, MN formed in 2012. The first full-length Wicked Sun is also a great album, the music curls through the air like incense, a witchy-haze vibe casts its spells, accented with driven punk rock. Temples Into Tombs is a step-up in sound quality, song composition, and strikes a balance between 60’s psychedelic garage rock and all out in your face rock and roll. 

Narco States Temples Into Tombs is an exciting album from a band who seems to have found their sound. The music remains interesting from start to finish. Micheal Meyer’s vocal delivery is powerful, raw, and lyrically interesting. The organ has an authentic 1960’s sound, driving many of the tracks. Nate McGuire’s guitar leads the charge with raw, tone crunching sounds. I have no complaints about this album, in fact, its great....~ 



Michael Meyer: Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar 
Aaron Robertson: Organ 
Nate McGuire: Lead Guitar 
Robb Lauer: Drums 
Nick Sampson: BASS




Album Tracks 

1. Met Tet 
2. Fascist Fashionistas 
3. Generation F 
4. Sympathy for the Dealer 
5. Temples Into Tombs 
6. Ahemait 
7. Jealousy 
8. Robin Hood 
9. Fang Decay 

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