Awooga - Alpha
There’s dark edged steel in that city
Words: Brian 'Baldie' Mclean
Sheffield has a dark secret in their underground rock scene and that is Awooga, a grungy, doomy, sludgy three piece producing some high class psychedelic heavy grooves. This is their first release, a brilliantly produced four track giving you a thought provoking ride through the depths of eternal damnation.
Thief kicks the trip off in a grungy deep grooved movement, causing deep internal vibrations in the depths of your mind. Meandering spacey solos enhance your out of body experience during this technical onslaught. On Intermission is another well put together musical arrangement. Starting slowly taking you on a musical wander through the cosmos before thundering riffs smash in to take you back down through the atmosphere. Where Others Go comes across as a hard listen, still a good arrangement with some crushing riffs and cool vocals but the weakest track to these old ears but all is saved with the last but best track Faultline, eight & half minutes of epic musical professionalism. It’s all here crushing riffs, melody, determined vocals, emotional guitar solos, ear splitting throbbing grooves and most importantly potential. What a way to finish Alpha with a crescendo of volcanic noise.
Saying this is their first recorded output, they have produced a batch of songs containing brilliant musical arrangements which some of the other bands out there can’t match. Their musicianship is second to none, way ahead of their years. The good thing is there is still room to build and improve. Yes it is very grunge-esque in places, early Nirvana comes to mind but their style takes your listen away from that and makes you say this is Awooga. Already they have been support to some great bands, Amplifier for one, which can only mean they are getting noticed in the right circles. I look forward to see what their first full length release will bring to our ears.