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.
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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.
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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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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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Track Name: Strange Vibration
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
Track Name: Stand in the Sun
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?
Track Name: Light and Shade
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
Track Name: Blood Moon Rising
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
Track Name: The Black Crown
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
Track Name: Evil Eye Gone Blind
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
Track Name: Star Power
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…
Track Name: The Cobra's Kiss
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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