New York stoner blues band Geezer are back with an international re-release of their EP Gage! Launching on February 9th (February 10th for all you Americans out there), Gage had initially been released as a limited edition vinyl run back in 2014 via STB Records. After selling out extremely quickly, Ripple Music have now decided to re-release the EP again with new track ‘Tales of Murder And Unkindness’.
Opening track ‘Ancient Song’ really goes to town on the haunting aspect of Geezer’s blues side, with beautiful vocals and signature riffs. We can generally absorb the vibe of an album from the opening track, and ‘Ancient Song’ really hammers home the heavy blues aspect of their music. ‘Thorny’ is a song of the same slow, blues ilk; a really mellow tune with soaring vocals. A really nice chilled-out song, which fits in perfectly with the overall feel of the album.
Next track ‘Ghost Rider Solar Plexus’ really steps up the speed and tempo of the album, laden with riffs and heavy drum work. Hooks and bass galore, this is definitely an album highlight. The closer song (to both this EP and the last release) ‘Dude, It’s Molecular’ is a memorable blues rock song, which nicely rounds off the EP.
‘Tales of Murder and Unkindness’, the new addition, is slightly longer; and by slightly, I mean it’s 14 minutes and 56 seconds long. Not your average-length track. The track itself is reminiscent of The Doors’ song ‘The End’, with different breakdowns and changes of tempo. The song really draws upon all the influences in the album, and expresses them in all in this song.
The band have only been together since 2010, and Gage is the second EP/album released. However, Geezer have built up an impressive reputation in that time, especially with their first album Handmade Heavy Blues. Gage is a great example of how wonderful stoner blues rock can be, and an EP we’d definitely recommend.