Stubb – Dropout Sessions (Demo)
From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)
Imagine Hendrix jamming with The Heads in a small, dark and moist rehearsal room and everything was recorded live to 1/2” tape – well, then you might have an idea of what Stubb is all about! But this is actually just a trio of two guys and a young lady from London in love with acid rock. To me a real powertrio is when the rhythm group is one symbiotic unit and the front man is a singer and killer guitarist. Stubb is like that – power and trio! Just like Eddie Glass of Nebula guitarist Jack excels in heretic solos and has the ability to sing along on the notes in both choruses and solos. This demo is unfortunately only three tracks and that is far from enough to satisfy my admiration for this great band. Last track “Galloping Horses” is luckily a more than eight minutes long show-off of true vintage heavy blues-rock ala Blue Cheer. The track starts out heavy with the line: “I ride on a pale horse” then turns into a slow acid rocker and in the end comes back into heavy blues. The production is raw, but just right for this kind of music.
Check the band's web sites at: http://www.myspace.com/stubbband
Reviewed by Tom Knudsen