BLACK NASA (s/t) CD
While Ed Mundell was on tour with Monster Magnet, Bitchwax bassist and singer Chris Kosnik wasted no time in getting another band together. In drummer Corey Stubblefield and guitarist Duane Hutter he has found the right compagnions. Due to vocals of Chris, BLACK NASA comes close to Bichwax, but that's the only thing they've got in common with his other band. And, of course the typical 70's influence. But BLACK NASA eliminates those meandering existenstialist jams, favering a more direct emotional approach. The album is full of varied songs, that reaches from the high energy rocker "Monkey Knife Fight" to the 8 min.+ long instrumental "Walkin, Talkin, Blackout Mode", that starts with a strong Pink Floyd vibe, combined with some slide-guitar.
In opposite to this track, there's a bluesy vibe in other songs as the furious opener "Holy Crap" or the stomping "Ribeye Love". "El Segundo" is BLACK NASA's tribute to AC/DC and Kiss, while the Beatlesque "Hot Van" includes a short slide-guitar part. Maybe, "Cops" is the only track, that could have been also on of the faster Bitchwax songs. Together with the talent and the skills of the three involved musician, this a very entertaining album. It offers nothing new, but it rocks with very less lowlights and is diverse enough to keep it spinning here at Cosmic Lava. Maybe on your player, too! This album is released on Tee Pee Records, and I'm looking forward for the one.