Album review: Awesome Color - 'Massa Hypnos' (Ecstatic Peace)

Raw Detroit rockers developing a cult following

A solar system away from household-name status, but spoken of through beaming smiles by those who’ve seen them sweat it up live, Detroit trio Awesome Color owe much of their exposure to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, whose label issues their third album here. Only one song, the rangy ‘Flying’, suggests that the boss exerts much musical influence over his charges. In the main, ‘Massa Hypnos’ is heroically fuzzy hard rawk that sounds like the whole band plugged their gear into one socket, and which takes fellow Motor Citymen The Stooges as base inspiration, descends into the basement… then keeps going.

Noel Gardner
6 / 10

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