Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Album Review: Casablanca is a State of Mind

Title:  Casablanca is a State of Mind (BandCamp, Star Dot Star Records, Amazon, iTunes, EMusic)
Artist:  The Blistering Speeds (Official, Facebook, Tumblr, BandCamp, YouTube, ReverbNation, SoundCloud)

The Blistering Speeds' Casablanca is a State of Mind is a full throttle, fuzz and feedback guitar driven rock 'n' roll record.  Listening to The Blistering Speeds makes me feel like it is 1994 all over again with seemingly clear nods to the likes of Hum, Catherine, Dinosaur Jr., and the Smashing Pumpkins (the first two records).  There have been a lot of bands in the past few years that draw heavy influence from various parts of the alternative music scene of the 1990's (the two that I've heard the most are bands that take after the likes of shoegazer acts like My Bloody Valentine and Chapterhouse and bands that mix pop punk and indie rock resulting in a Sicko meets Buffalo Tom type of sound).  The Blistering Speeds is the first band that I have heard that pulls from bands like the Smashing Pumpkins.  The result is an extremely full and loud sound born out of technical ability and a great sense of classic rock licks.  What also makes Casablanca is a State of Mind work is that it is nostalgic without being gimmicky.  It's also nice to hear a band that is obviously accomplished technical musicians that doesn't play so form of heavy metal.  Fans of any of the aforementioned bands need to check out The Blistering Speeds. 

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