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Black Lizard - Black Lizard (Review)

Black Lizard

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

FINNISH quartet Black Lizard fuse hypnotic rock music with primite psychedelia and 1970s proto-punk with elements of more contemporary acts like Jesus & Mary Chain, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Primal Scream and Dandy Warhols. If you like any of those bands or styles, you’re sure to dig this.

Their self-titled debut album has actually been delivered with a little help from Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe as well as former Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom, who looked to enhance Black Lizard’s signature sound.

The results give rise to some great moments. Boundaries, for instance, is a terrific fusion of psychedelic guitars, spaced out vocals and horns that creates a memorable whole, while Dead Light is a trip down Jesus & Mary Chain memory lane.

Better still, Love Is A Lie hits you with a terrific back-beat, some great organs mixed with snappy guitar riffs and a set of vocals that recalls early Charlatans. It’s a retro romp that will really get the toes tapping and the head nodding along in excitement.

New Kind of High is a stoner anthem that’s as laidback and tripped out as its name suggests, but Some Drugs drops a fuzzy guitar riff and some kick-ass beats for a moment that’s pure Screamadelica era Primal Scream (and another blast).

Forever Gold zips along in great fashion too, with some solid melodies to offset the psychedelia, Thrill opens amid a “shiny shiny” vibe and Fucking Up rounds things off with a moody rocker that leaves you in no doubt that Black Lizard have achieved – and often – surpassed their objectives.

Far from f**king up, they’ve delivered their own psychedelic-rock classic.

Download picks: Dead Light, Love Is A Lie, Some Drugs, Forever Gold, Thrill

Track listing:

  1. Honey, Please
  2. Boundaries
  3. Dead Light
  4. Love Is a Lie
  5. New Kind of High
  6. Some Drugs
  7. Forever Gold
  8. Thrill
  9. Fucking Up