(2005) Code Orange

Davis Redford Triad

... read moreIf Jimi Hendrix had faked his death and was later discovered in Nepal by some ethnomusicologist fronting a heavy, instrumental psych-rock combo, the tapes brought back as proof might sound something like this. Recorded live at various locations along their 2002 U.S. tour, Davis Redford Triad's Code...

46′:20″ 8 Songs

1
Solar Aquarius
Davis Redford Triad
7:16
2
Apocalypse Greeting Card
Davis Redford Triad
8:36
3
Lids Of Pot
Davis Redford Triad
2:19
4
Mellowed For Over 80 Million Years
Davis Redford Triad
10:17
5
Uranian Wind
Davis Redford Triad
1:37
6
Loop 03
Davis Redford Triad
4:37
7
All Mystics Are Numbered
Davis Redford Triad
6:20
8
Code Orange
Davis Redford Triad
5:18
Released 01 January 2005, ℗ Holy Mountain

Review

If Jimi Hendrix had faked his death and was later discovered in Nepal by some ethnomusicologist fronting a heavy, instrumental psych-rock combo, the tapes brought back as proof might sound something like this. Recorded live at various locations along their 2002 U.S. tour, Davis Redford Triad's Code Orange is lo-fi and gritty but highly effective as guitarist Steven Wray Lobdell (occasional member of Faust) summons wave after wave of feedback from his instrument, deftly balancing avant noise with old-fashioned classic rock wankery while never fully committing to either. Likewise the drumming teeters between psych-rock tribalism and ham-fisted pummeling, drawing the best from both schools. But this group's raison d'être is obviously as a showcase for Lobdell's cosmic guitar explorations, and despite their shear volume and noise, the textures he creates are varied enough to make this 46-minute dose breeze by. Assuredly not light listening, nor music to purely zone out to, Code Orange is nevertheless much more listenable than a good many Acid Mothers Temple releases. ~ Jason Nickey