Sons Of Hippies: Griffons At The Gates Of Heaven (2013)
"Dark Daisies" is a piece that may be akin to Black Sabbath- lite with fuzz-toned guitar, bone-crushing chords, and 60's style acid rock lines. Other pieces are designed with pulsating straight-four grooves; Jonas Canales' rumbling drums and Kelley's psycho guitar licks that resonate with authority. However, "Magnets" is built around a dreamy hook and background electronics effects that help populate the soundscape. But they turn the volume up a few notches during "Minute x Minute," melodically contrasted with Kelley's tremolo vocals and whispery choruses. She uses the sitar on "Animal Battle," producing a simple lead line to parallel the decades-old infusion of rock and East Indian music, spearheaded by The Beatles and sitar master Ravi Shankar. Hence, Griffons at the Gates of Heaven is a baby boomer's delight, although this band professes more of a novel slant with the vestiges of the hippie generation.
Track Listing: Forward; Mirrorball; Dark Daisies; Rose; Spaceship Ride; Man or Moon; Magnets; Blood in the Water; Whatever We Spend; Minute x Minute; Animal Battle; Cautionary Tale.
Personnel: Katherine Kelley: vocals, guitar, sitar; Jonas Canales: drums, Korg, percussion, vocals; David Daly: bass guitar, vocals. Billy Sherwood: Mellotron, Moog; Tom Klimchuck: acoustic guitar (10); Jurgen Engler: audio oscillation (5, 6).
Record Label: Cleopatra Records