Coffin On Tyres – Red …   Leave a comment

Let me get this out-of-the-way first Coffin On Tyres are a hard rock band, enough of this stoner-rock BS already. That tag out grew itself many years and now it is getting very old but it is also getting to be beyond a joke with every-single band with a fuzzy kind of guitar sound gets the stoner tag. Coffin On Tyres are another band suffering the ‘stoner-rock’ stigma, sure they can be compared with Fu Manchu, Unida, and at a stretch, maybe Kyuss but to my way of thinking it is pure old hard rock with a gothic edge and it is closer to the likes of Soundgarden than it is any band that sprang up out of the 90’s desert-rock, stoner-rock scene.

There is one element that this band has got in common with all those bands though and that is infectious grooves and layers of thick fuzzy guitar. The vocal is what stands out the most here, singer Geoffrey Codants has a Jim Morrison meets Pete Steele kind of drunken croon which is totally mesmerizing. He is without a doubt one of the best vocalists I have heard in a long time but more about him later.

Musically it is some very genre-bending material at times, ‘Mexican Standoff’ for example merges sleazy, goth-rock with beefy riffs that remind me of that awful nu-metal movement from many years ago, except it sounds good here. ‘Safe Place’ is a soulful kind of ballad mixed with psychedelic elements that is full of emotion, mostly coming from the rich, powerful vocals of Codants but the most memorable tunes on ‘Red’ are the explosive rockers. The title track has the massive fuzz and grooves of Kyuss at their peak all backed up with crooning vocals and another track, ‘Winter Of Life’ also reeks of that classic desert-rock sound. People never really thought of Kyuss as being bluesy at the time but when I listen to them now, I can’t help but think that they were ‘stoner-blues’ in many respects of their music and Coffin On Tyres has that same element going for them. As I said in my opening comments, this is a ‘rock’ album and by that I mean this is very accessible music that has a strong pop sensibility but don’t let that turn you off, this band can still hit you between the eyes and ears with the force of a Mack truck.

Elsewhere on the album, ‘Obstructed’ cruises along nicely with a punk-metal crossover kind of energy. ‘Skins’ sounds a bit like Queens Of The Stone Age, the tune rocks hard enough but it has a commercial edge but what I enjoy here is the lyrics which is a tale of sexual adventure or should that be (mis)adventure. The rest of the album is not too memorable however but seeing as that is only 2 songs, I don’t have much to complain about. It has to be said that for a self financed and self released album, the production is amazing. It really surprised me how good this recording is but there is some question marks over the songs. While I personally love the vocals here, some will find them a bit hard to get used to and just like Peter Steele, some will never get used to the crooning, baritone quality of this dude’s voice.

The songs themselves are also a bit idiosyncratic, the tunes rock but they are also commercial, the riffing is fuzzy but also kind of poppy in parts so it can throw the steadfast riff-rocker into a quandary. None of this is really a problem for the band, it is a problem for myself as it goes against the grain of what I like to hear in music. There is no doubt the band are skilled musicians and songwriters and should appeal to a variety of listeners, for me personally I am not so sure if this album will stand the test of time. Who knows, in 6 months time I might be digging the hell out of it but for now, I am representing indecision on this one but I still have to rate it fairly high simply because they are great at what they do. Make up your own mind on this interesting French band……..7.5/10

Coffin On Tyres @ Myspace

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Posted May 23, 2011 by doommantia in Coffin On Tyres

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