Desert Show – Vinyl // DD
Cursed Tongue Records – released: April 21, 2017
Reviewed by Santiago “Chags” Gutierrez
What does the name Green Yeti conjure up in your mind? Possibly a rampaging stoned out abominable snowman rampaging along the Himalayan mountainside? That is what came to mind when I first heard the name. Green Yeti is, in reality, a very competent three-piece stoner band from Athens, Greece – stoner green and as heavy as that famous fictitious beast wreaking havoc in the snow. Desert Show is the bands second release and admittedly, this is my first exposure to the sludgy, psyched out sounds this band creates. The band features members from Brotherhood of Sleep, Reversed Nature, and Stonenrow and consists of Dani Avramidis on bass, Mike Andresakis on guitar and vocals, and Giannis Koutroubis on drums.
Desert Show consists of five tracks, but it is far from an EP due to some lengthy, yet intriguing song structures. The album opens up with “Black Planets part 1” and “Black Planets part 2”. Musically these tracks are varied enough to constitute a separation of tracks, yet lyrically, they follow a similar theme. The album closes out with “Bad Sleep part 1” and “Bad Sleep part 2” which follows a similar set up to “Black Planets”. “Black Planets (part one)” is a great way to open the record. It’s hard driving stoner rock with a style that makes you take notice and sets them just that much apart from others who frequent that genre. What additionally stands out are the lyrics. There is something more substantial going on here. They seem to tell a story, yet are still open to interpretation. Which brings me to “Rojo”. Sung entirely in Spanish, this track reads like a poem. The chorus of “vuelve a la vida y matame junto al mar” simply strikes a chord. Musically it ebbs and flows much like a poem. Guitar and bass complementing each other throughout.
Green Yeti play a blend of stoner rock that is all their own, and in this saturated age of the genre, they are discernibly a welcomed addition. They have crafted an album that keeps your attention with subtle nuances and extended riffs that guide you along the journey while lyrically keeping things interesting. Don’t let that album cover fool you, this isn’t quite your typical stoner rock record, so dive in and enjoy.