Doubleblind – CD // DD
Self Released – April 20, 2017
Reviewed by Terry “The Ancient One” Cuyler
Not long before I went to bed last night the admin at Taste Nation LLC asked me to listen to Oakland, California SKUNK’s new album DOUBLEBLIND and share my thoughts. Problem was it was near midnight and I had to be up at 5AM so I postponed it for my morning commute to work. Man what an eye opener. Usually I’m draggin’ ass when I get out the door in the morning and need a few cups of coffee before I can put on my nice face. This morning was different. When I heard the opening riffs to Forrest Nymph I knew it was gonna be a good day. Out of the gates you get catchy bluesy riffs and Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother-like vocals. The album caught me between the eyes in the opening 4:30 minute offering. Hooked by the wicked Hooks!!
Upon further listen, I heard some real hard rockin’ tunes that sounded something like a combination of Bonn Scott Era AC/DC, Nazareth and Grand Funk Railroad paying homage to tits and weed! While the music seems relatively simple, that is exactly what I like about SKUNK. I don’t need a degree in music, English Literature or Art to understand it. SKUNK seems to have figured out that people want to be able to feel like they are part of the music and they effectively make you part of the music with rock n’ rollin’ riffs, chugging bass grooves big booming drums (with plenty of cow bell) and clear vocals that ain’t mush mouthed.
If Skunk is ever doing a show were you live go because I have the feeling there will be lots of beer, weed, and chicks at the show. Some of my favorites from DOUBLEBLIND were ‘Forest Nymph’, ‘Mountain Child’, ‘Harvest Queens’, ‘Wizard Bong’ and ‘Devil Weed’. If your looking for some hard rockin’ music for your party or to get you pumped up for work then look no further than SKUNK. If you like classic hard rock then I am sure you will like SKUNK.
John McKelvy – Vocals
Dmitri Mavra – Guitar
Erik Pearson – Guitar
Matt Knoth – Bass
Jordan Ruyle – Drums