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Released: 2004, Small Stone Records
A brand spanking new addition to the Small Stone roster, Motor City rockers Sasquatch waste no time in announcing their considerable presence. From the opening fuzzy riffs of “Chemical Lady” to the final dirty licks of “Yetti”, Sasquatch rocks hard and does their 70s rockin’ ancestors proud. Yep, these guys are yet another welcome retro rockin’ addition to my collection.
Frontman Keith Gibbs’ vocals and guitar are equally hefty, supported by the heaving bass supplied by Clayton Charles. No doubt, this is pure authentic mountain man rock, the likes of which haven’t been heard since the last Scissorfight album. Of course, the whole thing would implode from all that weight were it not for the formidable drums provided by Rick Ferrante that keep the proceedings moving along at a nice clip.
With bands like this though, the whole album comes down to one thing: the riffs. If they ain’t got ‘em, the entire shebang falls apart. As you might have guessed, Sasquatch certainly DO have ‘em . While each song on here is catchy and memorable, if the beginning riffs of “Cracks in the Pavement” don’t get you moving, you might as well be dead.
Really, there isn’t much else to say. Either you totally eat this stuff up like I do, or you don’t. I know that there’s been a lot of this stuff coming out in the last couple of years, but when it is this good, you can’t really afford to pass it up. Yeah, there are a couple of duff tracks on here that don’t quite connect in the way that they should, but overall this is a solid, solid addition to the genre.
1) Chemical Lady
4) Believe It
5) Cracks in the Pavement
6) Knuckle Down
7) Money Man
8) Boss Hog
Keith Gibbs: Vocals, Guitar
Rick Ferrante: Drums
Clayton Charles: Bass
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