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Indigenous Robot

Indigenous Robot calls itself a psychedelic garage-rock band, and the fuzzed-out guitar of "Ridge Trail," the first cut on this three-song release, certainly bears that out. Still, the quartet actually comes off at times as more polished and not nearly as gritty and rough around the edges as a lot of the psych-rock acts out there. "Spell," for instance, starts off with more of an indie-rock vibe and then morphs into a slow, tom-heavy groove that sounds somewhat inspired by Rain Dogs-era Tom Waits. But then "Shelter Undone" kicks in, and it's the heaviest, sludgiest and most psychedelic tune of the bunch. If anything, Fire Ball is a pretty decent example of what this band is capable of, which is definitely a more modern take on psych-rock.

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