By Dave Pehling
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A drive on the San Francisco underground for over a decade, veteran proto-punk quartet Scorching Lunch was based by singer Eric Shea after the cut up of his muscular retro-rock outfit Parchman Farm in 2006. Options gifted locals together with former Mensclub guitar hero Aaron Nudelman and the pulverizing rhythm part of drummer Rob Alper — ex-The Sermon in addition to guitarist with reunited Sacto storage-punks SLA — and bassist Charlie Karr (greatest recognized for his work with the Various Tentacles band Harold Ray Reside in Live performance), the group quickly turned a fixture in S.F. golf equipment with their fiery stay performances.
Nevertheless, the gestation of Scorching Lunch’s first album would take significantly longer. Funding their very own recording periods in 2012, Shea and firm captured the fuzzed-out fury of its stage present on analog tape at Louder Studios in Grass Valley with lauded producer Tim Inexperienced (Comets on Hearth, Melvins, Sebadoh, Earthless) who had relocated from San Francisco the earlier yr. In contrast to the various acts who do little greater than mimic the sonic template of influential early ’70s bands, Scorching Lunch interweaves parts of skate punk, psychedelia and prog rock into their distinctive sound.
The eponymous album’s 2013 launch on the small German label Who Can You Belief? in Europe and Tee Pee Data stateside led to sponsored recordings and live performance appearances for Scion A/V and Converse, significantly elevating the band’s profile. And for good purpose: Echoes of the MC5 and different extra obscure ’70s riff rockers like Sir Lord Baltimore and Mud might be heard within the headlong drive of “Useful Denny,” “She Needs Extra,” and the wah-wah fueled “Killer Smile,” however the extra simple salvos are balanced by numerous equally potent curve balls.
The band boldly recasts a tune by prog-rock energy trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, reworking “Knife Edge” from a virtuoso keyboard exercise to a doom-laden dose of guitar mayhem. The album’s second aspect ventures even additional afield, unspooling an Arthurian legend on the almost eight-minute “Woman of the Lake.” Replete with lyrics about wild mushrooms and crystal harps, the multipart music even has a British-accented spoken-phrase soliloquy that brings to thoughts “The Necromancer” from Rush’s heady third album Caress of Metal.
Since then, the quartet has issued various singles and EPs, most just lately the 5 monitor Scion A/V…