Urdog - "Garden Of Bones"
(Secret Eye 2004, ab-oc-11)
From Aural Innovations #29 (October 2004)
I want to start by saying that I really like this band!!! I have no idea where they are from!!! But I know that they play interesting spacey shit!!!
To me they sound very much like Discolor, Fit & Limo, and other projects associated with Limo, but possibly without the depth of the aforementioned. I will also mention large elements of Pink Floyd and a similarity with The Pretty Things in places. And in this vein Urdog have broke out with freshness and imagination. From start to finish ‘Garden of Bones’ flows seamlessly through its 8 tracks with a conviction and with a passion, with energy and with a definite form. They seem partial to the Amon Düül II feel and it is for this reason that I think that Urdog should be of interest for those of us who want to hear music like this, played by new bands.
‘Zombie Cloud’ is a culmination of weird, organ driven, raw experimental energy, and it treads like Amon Düül II, The Pretty Things and Pink Floyd all mashed together. The organ is prominent in most tracks and it often creates the riffs that drive the tracks themselves. And I have to say that the tracks themselves are definitely all worthy of a listen. The sound quality is good and the production gets its point across with no trouble at all. From listening there is drums, bass, guitar and keyboards, so you can see why I say that they are similar to the aforementioned bands. The sound is very early in the Floyd noise era department, and this style seems to weigh heavy in the influence. ‘DMZ’ is of this exact quality. It is the middle of ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ without the riff. It is manic and noisy and I like it for the fact that it is rough and raw, and for the fact that the music stands and says what I want to hear.
I love Pink Floyd, Amon Düül II and other pioneers of that era, and I can say that Urdog have taken note of these pioneers as we all surely have? I can recommend them as a band with something to offer. I do not know if this is their first release or what, but what I do know is that if this is a first release it marks a future for Urdog that I would definitely like to listen to. So if early Floyd, and Amon Düül II are your tastes then give these chaps a worthy listen and maybe you’ll think the same as me.
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Reviewed by Albert Pollard