Album Review: OLDER SUN (Self Titled)

Formed in 2014, Older Sun has a sound with roots in the sounds created by the proficient power trios, fuzzed out psych rockers, photo-metal protagonists, electric bluesmen, and heavy soul groups that came out in the late sixties and early seventies. Older Sun has shared the stage with Earthless, Carlton Melton, Phantom Ships, Altamont, Hot Lunch, Lecherous Gaze, and many others.
A slab of full-tilt bluesy fuzz rock with soulful vocals, San Francisco’s Older Sun have released their self-titled debut LP with Anchorite Recordings on September 1st, 2018.

The first pressing is a limited-edition LP with screen printed, hand numbered covers featuring mind-blowing artwork by Alan Forbes (Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson Band, Graveyard, Black Crowes, Melvins, Earthless). The entire album and individual tracks are available for streaming and download.

Experience Older HERE

This soulful groove album begins with “Sometimes.” You can feel that 60’s/70’s era influence dripping from each cord and resonating in the vocals. The lyrical content is strong in this track. It’s a refreshing reminder that sometimes life is tough, but if you stay true to yourself, you can take control back into your hands. “Trespass” has a catchy groove and lyrics to go along with it; you can’t help but sing along with this one. The riffs are heavy with blues influences, and the rhythm section brings it home. Everything is very tight, and it sounds great! They even add some cowbell to the mix!

“Pocket Full of Ones” starts off with a thunderous drum intro. The beat of this track is upbeat and steady. This track reminds me of ZZ Top without a doubt. Not only within the lyrical content but also in the general musical content as well. I mean they are basically singing about a strip club and a man’s experience there; you don’t get much more classic rock than those risqué themes. “Women Kind” takes a different route in rock n’ roll with a slow and smooth intro. The pace is slow and doomy, becoming more of a Black Sabbath type of vibe. However, as it progresses, it does pick the pace up a bit. This tune is a soulful anthem of heartbreak. The vocalist is speaking about how he was deceived and blinded by his infatuation with this woman. I mean, I feel like we have all been the victims of heartbreak at one point or another in our lives. It’s a harsh lesson, but when you realize at the end of the day, you always find that you are better for it. Of course, groovy tunes like this help us express those feelings which always moves the process along. I guess, in a way; it gives you a sense that you are not truly alone in times like those.

The final track “You Come Here Often” starts off pretty heavy. This is a track about someone who has headed to a bar and makes eye contact with a beautiful stranger across the bar. As the tune progresses, it continues to describe the night out. The riffs are heavy and upbeat; they bounce between faster and slower counts. This tune is very dynamic in the way it is put together, and I admire the modern style twists that come along with the classic rock styles. I have noticed this occurring more and more within the music scene, and I can’t complain. Music back then was full of soul, passion, and drive. We all know that the music world needs that always, but it’s needed more, especially in today’s age.

I honestly loved this album in its entirety. The sound quality was amazing, the talent was of high caliber, and the songs were catchy, groovy, and easy to listen to. With the recent announcement of Older Sun being available on vinyl, I couldn’t imagine a better way to consume the sound of this album! I’ll be sure to get my hands on a copy and you should too!

Lineup
Chris Wagner – vocals
Chris Mulhauser – guitars and backing vocals
Bryan Coons – bass and backing vocals
Patrick Crawford – drums

a4292222349_10.jpgTracklist
1. Sometimes
2. Trespass
3. Pocket Full pf Ones
4. Womankind
5. You Come Here Often*

Label: Valley King Records/ Secret Serpents

Recorded and mixed by Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs, Terry Gross) at El Studio, San Francisco. Mastered by Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering in Berkeley.
*Second guitar by Phil Manley.

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