Trio's, I do not know why but some of rock's most intense and exciting music has been recorded and performed by the humble three piece, Cream, Hendrix's Experience, Robin Trower and Motorhead all created unbelievable grooves with just three members and the same can be said of some of todays bands like Wo Fat, Ufomammut and Egypt all of whom rock a three man format. Eric Clapton once said in an interview that working in the confines of a three-piece band meant every member had to work that bit harder, whether this is true or not is not for Desert Psychlist to say, you would have to ask the bands, but it is true the trio has played a big role in rock history.
Philadelphia,Pennsylvania's The Company Corvette are a trio and although the line up of Alexei - guitars, Ross - bass, vocals and Peter - drums may not have yet played a big role in rock history, they have, with their third album "Never Enough", created something intense and exciting.
"Never Enough" opens with "Foot In Mouth" a big heavy groove monster surrounded by swirling effects and packed to the rafters with thundering percussion, big booming bass, crunching guitar riffs and incendiary solo's. Vocals weave in and out of this sonic maelstrom and are delivered with intense ferocity, the tone snarlingly and confrontational giving the songs sludge heavy grooves a touch of hardcore edginess.
"Devilwitch" follows, its doomy undercurrent enhanced with a jew's harp like effect that surrounds the songs sabbathian riff. The bassist/vocalist sings the songs lyric "I don't need no doctor, I don't need no pills" with manical, wide-eyed glee sounding like pills and a doctor is exactly what he might need.
"Sick" employs a gritty circular refrain into which the guitarist injects little touches of bluesy guitar colouring while the bassist holds his end up with big booming bottom end, his massive gnarly tones combining with the heavy pounding drums to create a thick wall of sludgey groove for the snarling, sneering vocals to pour over.
"Stomach" is up next. Slow and menacing, with a riff that nod's it's head toward the traditional doom of the 80's, its superb vocal is delivered with a clean but no less sinister tone than previous tracks that when combined with the music give the song a quite eerie and menacing feel.
"Burn Out" sees the TCC getting a little psychedelic, a little more "out there" and for Desert Psychlist is one of the highlights of the album. The songs initial hardrock /stoner groove is fragmented with moments of mellow psychedelic colouring built around a deeply effect ladened bass line. and is augmented by some seriously impressive guitar work, a good vocal and some mightily fine drumming.
"The Stuff" stays in the stoner territory of the previous track but keep things interesting with a little bluesy swagger added to the mix. Snarled and slurred vocals are surrounded by a choppy almost punkish refrain before the band shift down a gear and move into a dark doom drenched groove layered with thundering percussion, massive bass and with a mix of bluesy pentatonic and neo-classical guitar solo's.to take it to the close.
"Pigeon" begins with wah drenched guitar howling over a rather laid back mid tempo groove coated in surprisingly clean and almost "straight" vocals. Things change at around the three minute mark and the groove shfts into a deliciously dark jam with the three members taking the music into the arenas of proggish complexity and heavy textured metallic psych, proving that this trio are not just three guys with varying degrees of facial hair who like to fool around in a band but are seriously good musicians with something to say
Check 'em out ......