STRANGE VIBRATION

by SKUNK

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Lute FP
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Lute FP Absolutely killer retro hard rock, with an updated style that makes it sound new. Unique vocals that really work the groove, clever and creative songwriting with head bobbing song structures. Hailing from my hometown of the Big O (“Oh shit, what just went down?”), I gotta see what kind of live show they put on. This is great.
FDJ
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FDJ Proto-metallic grooves with a underlying air of funkiness, vocals might be an acquired taste for some, John McKelvy's voice has a unique helium toking quality, but once you get acclimatised to them they actually work rather well.
Full review here …. stonerking1.blogspot.com/2019/05/skunk-strange-vibration-review.html Favorite track: Blood Moon Rising.
Reek Of STOOM
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Reek Of STOOM Brilliant! Authentic Stoner/Doom a la 70s...these guys are so retro they're cooking on Bakelite! Favorite track: Blood Moon Rising.
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Bucky The eager anticipation for album number 2 is met with Strange Vibrations. The musicianship is on point wearing their influences on their sleeves without sounding derivative. Emitting aroma across multiple styles of proto punk, funk-ridden metal and jam infused hippy rock, SKUNK have once again sprayed us with a foul, yet addictive hook. I particularly dig the rhythm and fuzz tone.
paul rote
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paul rote This album is great ! It’s an excellent sophomore album . Adding more prog leanings in the vein of Early Rush !
Release date is next Saturday 4/20 . This is bong smoking wizard rock and Goblin orgy rock ! Favorite track: Stand in the Sun.
Yan Tremblay-Côté
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Yan Tremblay-Côté Great album! All songs are good.
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Pulsing waves shimmer in the sky Dreamtime passes in the blink of an eye all seeing eye, mind ray creation what is this strange vibration Moving slow as a stoned God dreaming down down into the deep dream frequency there must be some explanation for this strange vibration dreaming is the last frontier wise men preached for 10,000 years now the people of every nation must feel this strange vibration
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the light of the sun, shines on you and shows what you do there's no escape, its light shows all that is true lies in the dark, of the night hide from the sun stand in its light, and tell me I am the one chorus: stand in the sun, don't look away stand in the sun, don't look away stand in the sun, but never ever look away the lies that you tell me, yeah, night after night don’t make any sense, if they’re told in broad daylight so stand in the day and I will listen to you then I will know if your love is really true bridge: I know that things aren’t what they seem I know we’re living in a dream a dream that that’s never shown a dream that’s never told a dream in the dark dies so cold I’ll listen to you in the light of the day will I still believe you when I hear what you say are all these things really how they all seem is your love for real or is it just a dream?
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whisper, thunder can’t have one without the other illusions destined to fade light and shade looking, seeing light obscures all the meaning dark is stronger than day Light and shade fortune, fate don’t know until it’s too late a game not meant to be played Light and shade future, past how long will they both last it all happens so fast Light and shade Bridge: Light and shade Can’t stand in the light of another day shadows, sunlight flying out of the night blinking into the day light and shade Severed, joined Sides of the ultimate coin A coin that can never be made Light and shade
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every sunset and every sunrise filters the solar rays streaming through the sky blood moon rising just like a dying sun from the future when the earth is nearly done since elder times we’ve looked for answers in the sky when strange things happen and we wonder why we know the ancient prophecy has said beware the time when 4 moons are all turning red the sun will darken and the moon will turn to blood the earth will quake and the seas will start to flood prophets of doom have always tried to sell us lies to find the answers we will have to look inside
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Goblin Orgy 02:48
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In the blackest land he dwells, where he casts the darkest of all spells Wearing the black crown he sees, everything that there is to see He sits upon his throne, knowing everything that's known Except the one thing he desires most Heavier than the vast night sky, the crown weighs down the necromancer's mind Living through the centuries, waiting for the final prophecy He wearies of the dark power, yearning for his final hour Since ancient times his fate has been foreseen Always dreaming of that day, to perish by the prismatic spray of a wizard from distant lands unknown, who'll take the black crown for his own And end the necromancer's pain, and his black undying reign And then the circle will begin again
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the way you’d sometime look at me there was nothin' that I could do when I saw that wicked stare it clutched me in its grip of doom but that was then this is now it’s a different time your evil eye has lost its curse and now it can’t control my mind chorus: Evil Eye gone blind when that steely gaze was shot my way I knew that somethin' bad was coming soon worse than a raven in a broken mirror or a black cat lit up by a full moon but that was then this is now it’s a different time your evil eye has lost its power and now it can’t control my mind
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Star Power 03:56
woke up in a dream and I flew away I’m never coming back, no matter what you say when I saw that dragon fly, I knew I had to catch a ride flying high on the winds of time, I guess I oughta say goodbye guess I oughta say goodbye…. across the western skies and beyond the moon gettin' higher and higher, I really hope I’ll be there soon asteroids keep on floating by, I hope that we do not collide gonna see if dreams are real, when I get to the other side when I get to the other side… star power, shinin' up above it’s the only thing, that I’m thinking of now it seems that I’ve gone too high, I knew I had to give a try I’m never, ever comin' down cuz there ain’t no reason why there ain’t no reason why…
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have you heard the cobra sing at night? gonna make you wish for the morning light when that sound is in your ear then your mind gonna fill with fear and it sounds like this chorus: do you hear the cobra's song? sounds like a silver coin against a knife ain't nothing now gonna save your life never should have got in her bed hear that song and you feel the dread and it feels like this Have you ever heard the cobra's song? in the dark of the night it means you don't have long When you hear her sing and hiss last thing you know will be the cobra's kiss and it goes like this

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Strange Vibration is the second album from SKUNK, hard rock from Oakland, California.

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The new Skunk joint is called "Strange Vibration" and it is All-Killer-No-Filler! No generic 'stoner rock' here. On Skunk's third release there are only smart, tight, expansive, and extremely musical songs. The sequencing is brilliant and the musicianship is rife with the slow burning, dangerous, tightly wound, and ready to strike precision that one has come to expect form Oakland's SKUNK! This band has synthesized all of the 1970's proto-punk and hard rock lessons a band can learn, namely that pop is not a bad word. Yet, we still have the sweet smoke of yonder times infused with the vectors of melancholy, ecstasy, and some good ol' arena crust! Plus as usual, this molten body of sonic action is wrapped up in some killer album art! Don't snooze on this release by one of the best rock bands around. Don't wait to look them up in 20 years on some back-in-the-day compilation that you paid wwwaaayyy too much money for. Skunk is now. Taste it. Buy the ticket, take the ride! Live today!
-- Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, astrologer to Thee Arthur Layne

credits

released April 20, 2019

John McKelvy: vocals
Dmitri Mavra: Guitar
Erik Pearson: Guitar, Flute
Matt Knoth: Bass
Jordan Ruyle: Drums

Additional percussion by Richard Stuverud
Mellotron by Kosmos G
Recording Engineers: Dmitri Mavra, Chris McGrew (drums at Wally's Hyde Out, SF)
Mastering: Michael Romanowski (Coast Mastering, Berkeley, CA)
Music/Lyrics/Art: Dmitri Mavra
©2019 Dmitri Mavra
Fuzzy Mind Records (FM004)

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SKUNK Oakland, California

Mix the early eras of Zeppelin, Kiss, Black Sabbath, and Grand Funk Railroad. Add a healthy sprinkle of resinous dust from obscure bands like Sir Lord Baltimore, Bang, Cactus, Pentagram, Leaf Hound, and Captain Beyond. Roll mixture in over-sized papers and smoke...can you smell the SKUNK?
Hard Rock from Oakland, California.
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