The Sonic Sofa Podcast: Weedpecker, Geezer, and Sageness

Podcast Transcript: You’ve landed on the Sonic Sofa, your home for stoner rock reviews and podcasts. This month, we’re checking out music by Weedpecker, Geezer and Sageness. Become one with the Sofa, and prepare for blast off.

First on the show is Weedpecker. There is an amazing output of heavy stoner rock from Poland. At the forefront of this onslaught stand bands like Dopelord, Weedpecker, Major Kong, and Spaceslug. Seasoned veterans of their trade and talented in the art of producing massive sounding stoner rock compositions, they recently joined forces to independently release a 4 Way Split, allowing each band to showcase their unique take on the genre. The record was released on February 1st. Rise Above, by Weedpecker, is the third track on the EP. This track would fit in perfectly with their third full length release, simply called III. The trickling, watery guitar effects and ethereal vocals create rich patinas of psychedelic sound and the progressive qualities of this composition make it stand out on the record. Here’s Rise Above.

Spiral Fires, by Geezer

Spiral Fires, the new EP by Kingston, NY band, Geezer, is a four-song psychedelic masterpiece. It is equal parts heavy blues and spacey walls of effects, and it switches back and forth effortlessly between infectious groove patterns, trance-inducing jams, spacey interludes, and heavy riffs. The result is 25 minutes of captivating music that will reward repeat listens. Up next on the show we’re featuring the first track, Spiral Fires Part I. Flowing waves of synth start up the double header and seem to set the tone for a spacey synthesizer voyage, but then a fuzzy guitar riff kicks in and is soon joined by the equally heavy bass and drums, laying down a fat, bluesy, three-quarter-time groove. Pat Harrington’s gritty, low-register vocals are perfectly suited to the crunchy riffs, and Harrington definitely knows his vocal range limits and works well within those confines. Here’s Spiral Fires Part I.

Wrapping up the show is Sageness, a heavy-psych trio from León , Spain. The band produces instrumental, psychedelic music with healthy doses of stoner and post-rock. Akmé, their second full length after their self-titled album in 2017, was released on February 23rd. Rich textures and complex arrangements characterize the songs. Ethereal guitar parts overlay in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves. Parts of the album have progressive qualities, and everything on the album is listenable and enjoyable, with the haunting guitar melodies more than taking the place of vocals. Our next song, The Thought, is a sprawling, nine minute composition. It’s the second track on the album. It opens with heavily driving bass, spacey effects and ethereal guitar sounds, while the drums lay down a lively, funky beat that holds the song elements together. The band alternates between jams that allow the song to breathe, and moments of progressive syncopation. Great use of the wah pedal is made later in the song, and there are moments towards the end of the song when the guitar leads even have a surfy vibe that is just fun to be carried away on. Here’s The Thought by Sageness.

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Dopelord, Weedpecker, Major Kong, and Spaceslug Release a Heavy New Record

There is an amazing output of heavy stoner rock from Poland. At the forefront of this onslaught stand bands like Dopelord, Weedpecker, Major Kong, and Spaceslug. Seasoned veterans of their trade and talented in the art of producing massive sounding stoner rock compositions, they recently joined forces to independently release a 4 Way Split, allowing each band to showcase their unique take on the genre. The record was released on February 1st, features beautifully surreal art by Kuba Sokólski, and is available for download on Bandcamp.

“a head banging trance of Sabbathian furvor…”

Dopelord’s Toledo starts things up. A heavy bass line and well-placed 70’s horror movie audio-clip lead straight to a wall of lumbering riffs and echoing vocals. The song invokes a head banging trance of Sabbathian furvor as it navigates its exploration of the riff. It isn’t until the guitar lead kicks in that the song’s full harmonic potential is reached, but it’s well worth the wait. If you’re into doom, this track’s for you.

“rich patinas of psychedelic sound”

Rise Above, by Weedpecker, would fit in perfectly with their last full length release, III. The trickling, watery guitar effects and ethereal vocals create rich patinas of psychedelic sound and the progressive qualities of this composition make it stand out on the record. Weedpecker has surely honed their craft and show no signs of slowing down their creative brand of psychedelic stoner rock.

“Plodding bass riffs accompanied by richly interwoven guitars”


Third on the record is the instrumental track, The Mechanism, by Major Kong. The song is filled with crunchy riffs and huge drum sounds. Plodding bass riffs accompanied by richly interwoven guitars carry the listener away, as the musicians artfully unveil all aspects of the riff. Don’t miss the final minute and a half when the song suddenly charges into a fast, heavy outro, which should be easily pleasing to the ears of fans of “The Sword” or “High on Fire.”

“heavy, down-tuned guitars and grungy vocals”

Stoner rock has sometimes been compared to grunge, and Spaceslug brings evidence of this with the heavy, down-tuned guitars and grungy vocals of Ahtmosphere. The vocals are eclectic, recalling the moody incantations of Alice in Chains, or even the more reflective vocals from Crack the Skye, by Mastadon, but the band has just enough spacey reverb and interstellar lyrical content to set it apart. Spaceslug has brought us another track that is consistent and well honed.