|Doors To No Where - 'Lucky You' (Self Released)|
|Written by Ben Hughes|
|Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:00|
'Lucky You' is the second long player from this Santa Cruz, California three piece, a follow up to their debut album 'I'm Alive' released in 2010. Recorded in the Santa Cruz mountains, this is the first release to feature new drummer Pete Testorff and apart from some pretty cool cover art that's about all I know about 'em!
The opening title track immediately comes in sounding like some long lost old Soundgarden riff, with the vocals of Mark Lewis sitting somewhere between Chris Goss and Ian Astbury; yeah it gives the song a dirty, greasy biker feel to it for sure. With its simple yet effective melody, the Josh Holme inspired riffage and some nice extended soloing it makes for a fairly impressive start to proceedings.
It continues this way, 'Bones' has a nice sludgy riff, with some interesting guitar parts going on. 'Queenie' is a slow groove that builds on an uber cool riff again giving Lewis a chance to solo away over the top. 'Lucky You' never strays too far from this stoner rock path, it does have a definite QOTSA vibe all over it, yet the songs do have a tendency to sound a bit samey.
'Set You Free', with its tripped-out spacey intro, has a Cult feel to it, nice melody and gang-like vocals set it apart from the sludgy desert rock vibe going on elsewhere and is a highlight for me. 'Hero' rolls in on a cool solid bass groove, with some nice guitars going on.
I like the acoustic intro to 'Revolution Nowhere', it sets a nice atmosphere going from the off, the vocals complimenting the mood completely here. With some stop/start style heavier moments in it, it's actually the acoustic elements that sound the most impressive here.
Ultimately 'Lucky You' is a decent enough slab of dirty, greasy stoner rock, yet it lacks something in the production department, giving it a demo feel to my ears. It's one of those albums that just doesn't quite sound as right as it should do, and ends up all feeling a bit samey sounding throughout. That said it does sorta sound like Masters Of Reality jamming with Circus Of Power and that can't be a bad thing really.
At the end of the day Doors To No Where have some good songs and some great ideas going on, and 'Lucky You' is an album they can be proud of and they do show promise, but it does seem to lack that certain magic that sets it apart from their peers.