In celebration of its official release tomorrow and following previous teasers from Cvlt Nation, The Obelisk and Heavy Planet, today Decibel Magazine is streaming the self-titled full-length from French psychedelic fuzz rock rippers, THE SOCKS, in its entirety!
Comments Decibel, “Miss those Summer road trip days? Of course you do. It’s March. Weather’s an unpredictable bitch and the likelihood of something cool happening is pretty much nil. Well, France-based THE SOCKS are an unlikely candidate to warm up your otherwise shitty Spring. Now, you’re probably thinking: France + good ‘ol hard rock = yeah right. Turns out the Lyonnaise toe-tappers aren’t weirdos or bent on throwing ‘haute rocke’ down their noses to the vox populi. Nope. They’re just straight-up, no-frills, jean-jacketed, rubber-burning’ rockers.”
Adds the band: “The sound and identity of the band have been shaped through the years to become this psychedelic hard rock, meant to be played live. We’ve recorded all together in a room with analog tapes to focus on the energy and to make it sound real and raw. Now it’s time to take it with us on the road and share it with everyone!”
Get socked at THIS LOCATION.
Recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Socks beckons its listeners with nine tracks of riff-heavy, road- tripping, booze-binging goodness chock full of gristly vocal serenades and glassy-eyed grooves. Wonderbox Metal notes of the offering, “This is only their debut album but the band display a knowledge and experience of songwriting well beyond what other bands might have acquired by this point… this is a solid album of really enjoyable retro-style rock,” while Metal Insider boasts, “The well-documented tales of the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Cheer, Rainbow and a host of others are aplenty. But the tales of those who carry the proto-metal, psych rock torch are still being written year by year. One band sure to write their own chapter in this hopefully never-ending musical tome is France’s THE SOCKS.” The Sludgelord gushes, “THE SOCKS represent a New Wave of Retro Heavy Metal… the record possesses ’70s inspired hooks laced with the almighty organ, and vocals that beg for attention. One can’t help but make comparisons to NWORHM giants Graveyard and late era Witchcraft pop with the overall tone and style. Adding a bit of flair to the attire, THE SOCKS combine not only the flooded retro sensibility but craft a trippy, yet completely competent and seriously invigorating display of rock and roll. Chock full not only of guitar solos galore, but bits of bluesy fuzz-o-rama and hints of psychedelia, which add warmth and comfort, not unlike a great pair of socks.” Adds The Examiner succinctly, “This is proof that rock ain’t dead, baby! Not by a long shot.”
THE SOCKS will bring their riff-ready debauchery to the stage this Spring with appearances at Stone Rising Festival, Doomed Gatherings, Kristonfest and more… see confirmed dates below.
THE SOCKS Tour Dates 2014
4/19/2014 Stone Rising Festival – Lyon, FR w/ Blues Pills, Radio Moscow, Aqua Nebula Oscillator…
4/20/2014 Doomed Gatherings Festival – Paris, FR w/ Windhand, The Body…
4/22/2014 El Diablo – Lille, FR
4/23/2014 DNA – Bruxelles, BE
4/26/2014 De Bastille – Schoonhoven, NL
4/30/2014 Underwerket – Copenhagen, DK
5/01/2014 Comet Club – Berlin, DE
5/06/2014 WakUum – Graz, AT
5/08/2014 Ruempetlum – St Gallen, CH
5/09/2014 Eldorado – Bern, CH
5/10/2014 Desertfox Fest – Piacenza, IT
5/24/2014 Kristonfest – Bialbo, ES