Wo-FAT - "Psychedelonaut"
(Nasoni Records 2010)
From Aural Innovations #41 (October 2010)
WO-Fat is a new band from Texas. This three piece has released a monster great double vinyl release. They take the best parts (long guitar solos and analog sound) of the 70s and mix it in with a great stoner rock vibe (Nebula, Fu Manchu like sound). Throw in a little bit of Orange Goblin as well. Kent Stump writes all the material and plays the guitar, Hammond and sings. There are a lot of great songs with cool spaced out parts, great grooves and a killer analog production, which they even wrote a song about called Analog Man. Side B has the vinyl only cover of the Billy Cobham (Tommy Bolin on guitar) track Stratus. Not a bad version but not the best I have heard either. The LP starts off with the spacey, heavy, doomy title track with some killer guitar, which gives you a taste of what you get if you sit down for the full package. Enter the Riffian kicks into an Orange Goblin like groove that they just rock out on and he plays some great lead guitar. Analog Man after the spacey beginning kicks into a riff and lyric a lot like Nebula but more killer wah guitar. El Culto de la Avararica is next and a more straightforward bottom heavy tuned down track. Side C features the shorter tracks and starts with Two the Hard Way, which is a killer track with some great guitar and Hammond B3. The Slow Blade is not that slow and pretty uptempo and reminds me of another song by another band but I canít place it. Shake 'em On Down is a blues slide guitar driven track. Side 4 is back with two long tracks finishing this great record like it started off. Not of this Earth starts things off with a down tuned doomy beginning and some acid guitar soloing, then the pace picks up and the track takes off like old school Nebula. The Spheres Beyond begins really psychedelic and spacey and again features the Hammond organ. Amazing jam. If Orange Goblin, Nebula and Fu Manchu liked to go out into space and really jam, they could be as good as these guys.
For more information you can visit the Wo-FAT web site at: http://www.wofat.net
Visit the Nasoni Records web site at: http://www.nasoni-records.com
Reviewed by Scott Heller