Stoner-rock supergroup Stöner lights up 2022 with New Years concert
The Californian power trio Stöner is a new group of experienced musicians. The collective CV of guitarist and singer Brant Bjork, bassist and singer Nick Oliveri and drummer Ryan Gut stretches through the ranks of stoner-rock royalty: they have performed in bands like Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu and the underrated Hammerface. So if you’re into that kind of music, you know you’re in good hands, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect: heavy, trippy, and sunny blues rock made by desert dwellers in looks scruffy. This spring, Stöner made his live debut as part of the Live in the Mojave Desert concert series, and on the resulting recording, Living in the Mojave Desert Volume 4, they seem confident and absolutely ready for the big moment, even though they’ve never performed these songs for an audience before. This bold debut garnered Stöner a lot of attention and whetted fans’ appetites for the group’s debut studio album, June’s. Stoner rule (published digitally on Heavy Psych Sounds). The record feels inhabited and comfortable on first listen – it’s easy to imagine that if released on vinyl, decades-old marijuana seeds would fall out of its sleeve. The opening track “Rad Stays Rad” features a sick Oliveri solo and a nice slow bluesy groove from the rhythm section, which lets you sit back and get comfortable before the guitar explodes. in the space. As the chorus says, “Shit don’t change / Rad stays rad,” and throughout the album, Stöner’s commitment to their aesthetic never falters; “Own Yer Blues” is a pretty stoner rock, and “Evel Never Dies” proves (surprisingly enough) that it’s utterly charming to hear a band write songs about Evel Knievel in 2021. The Curvy Closing Jam, “Tribe / Fly Girl”, is a slow, throbbing burn with poetic lyrics and a climaxing cry to the sky that evokes some of Jimi Hendrix’s astral projections. As heavy as it is, Stoner rule shows that Stöner is also capable of lightness which leaves plenty of room for surprises.
Stoner, Dead Feathers, Cloud Cruiser, Sat 1/1, 9:00 p.m., Reggie’s Rock Club, 2109 S. State, $ 20, 17+