Review by Scott Thomas.
Bridge Farmers can put a lot adjectives in their genre, but I would call them psychedelic blues metal. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them a very memorable band.
Their EP release Din of Celestial Birds, for which they’ll be touring across these United States to promote in the coming weeks, shows promise in its range, sometimes screaming thrash, sometimes groovy blues metal. The opening track does start off right, with a metal-acious build up to a hard rockin’ barrage that goes into lead singer Tyler Hautala screaming every lyric. This is the type of music that gets the scene kids pumping their fists and kicking those feet.
Unfortunately, they lose a lot of capital in their next track, “Equus.” This sleepy, steady number with polished vocals sounds like it could have come straight from Kurt Cobain’s song book. Now, maybe that doesn’t sound like such a bad thing to you, but I believe that the ’90s produced some boring fucking music, and “Equus” definitely falls in that territory. The vocals are ultra polished and the same band that just one track ago seemed to say “we’re here to rock!” Now Bridge Farmers seem to say “nevermind.”
Fortunately, the next track, “Acid Tongue,” is really enjoyable and the varied influences really work well together. It’s definitely the bluesiest of the tracks, and sounds more like the Heartless Bastards than Nirvana. From start to finish “Acid Tongue” us just a solid track.
Fortunately the rest if the EP never sinks down to “Equus” levels, but that unwanted 90’s influenced, polished sound is here to stay. I don’t mean to keep bashing an entire decade of music, but I thought we collectively decided to never go back there, except for the occasional Fresh Prince sing along. But the Bridge Farmers have seemingly decided that’s where they want to live musically.
Rating: 6 of 10