Tumbleweed: Sounds from the Other Side (Shock)

 |   |  <1 min read

Tumbleweed: ESP
Tumbleweed: Sounds from the Other Side (Shock)

Wollongong's loud and hairy Tumbleweed enjoyed a decent reputation here in the Nineties on the back of a couple of fine albums (notably their self-titled debut of 92) and some live showings which confirmed their reputation as the post-psychedelic hard rock band for stoners who liked to party.

Although they went through periods of inactivity and had some line-up changes, the good news is they're back with this typically crunching hour-long album grounded in their signature style of buzzsaw guitars and flame-thrower solos, enjoyable pop-rock with a metal edge, big choruses and air-punching riffery.

Located somewhere between Sixties garage legends Blue Cheer, post-grunge and Middle American stadium rock, Tumbleweed also deliver a neat line of droning boogie (the seven minute Mountain), tripped-out moods (ESP) and humour (“you're so pretty when you're off your face” in Like a Night Owl).

But mostly they are what you want to hear when a Harley is being started (Dirty Little Secret) or someone opens a keg (Hillbilly Hangover).

You aren't going to charge them with originality but what they did then and do now doesn't need changing.

It is what it is, and it goes up to 11.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Sonic Youth: Hits are for Squares (Geffen)

Sonic Youth: Hits are for Squares (Geffen)

Smart move under a great title. Not a "greatest hits" (has there been even one?) or even a "best of", but a selection of their favourite SY tracks chosen by the likes of... > Read more

John Fogerty: Revival (Fantasy)

John Fogerty: Revival (Fantasy)

Now back on his original label after decades of litigation, animosity and a refusal to play the Creedence Clearwater Revival hits that made his repuation, Fogerty sounds like a man at peace with... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Mantovani: A Lifetime of Music 1905-1980 (1980 compilation)

Mantovani: A Lifetime of Music 1905-1980 (1980 compilation)

In later years he might have looked like an extra from The Sopranos (when smiling maybe a restaurateur, when sullen certainly a hit man) but orchestra-leader Annunzio Mantovani was one the most... > Read more

PROFESSOR BRYAN SYKES INTERVIEWED (2003): Genetics in the headlines

PROFESSOR BRYAN SYKES INTERVIEWED (2003): Genetics in the headlines

Academics are a pretty sniffy bunch sometimes, says Bryan Sykes. Which would be an amusing observation if this professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford was laughing. But his... > Read more