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Music Review: First Band From Outer Space – The Guitar Is Mightier Than The Gun

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When aliens landed on Planet Earth in 2001 they chose Gothenburg, Sweden as their base. Their purpose was to play rock music as they were unable to “create sounds in the cold void of outer space and Earth seemed like a good place to go.” As a result the First Band From Outer Space was born.

They quickly got a handle on where this planet was going wrong and last year released an album, the title of which should give us mere earthlings a hint. So fear not clueless world leaders The Guitar Is Mightier Than The Gun is now available on CD.

It would seem that space rock must have been created for the Ipod. Hawkwind proved themselves decades ahead of their time by producing music in an era when such gizmos only existed on Captain Kirk’s Christmas list. More recently other exponents, such as, Oresund Space Collective have continued to boldly go etc.

So with theramin at the ready it is The First Band From Outer Space’s chance to show the universe what they can do with their third studio offering. The Guitar Is Mightier Than The Gun is everything you would want from a space-jam album. Perhaps slightly more Prog than their previous releases, it is divided into four lengthy tracks that swirl through your mind creating hypnotic images aplenty.

“Demons & Haze” is a near ten minute theramin and Hawkwind flavoured trip through space, opening an album that also has sounds inspired from places around their new found world. Brief and subtle hints of their travels through India, Africa, and South America sometimes appear through the glorious haze.

The band venture off into the freedom of improvisation underlining in technicolour the level of musicianship and instinctive understanding that they possess.

With their feet set firmly in rock, they radiate through free form psychedelic, and often leave you travelling along a deep lying groove before accelerating up and out into the distant skies again.

The start of the excellent “Turn Left To The Mexican Barbeque” has vague shades of Ray Manzarek, sixties Airplane, and folk inspired freedom. When it steps up a gear, hold tight to what is left of your senses as you speed off into the unchartered skies.

The title track is a dream, literally. More Doors style noodling seductively opens out into something altogether magnificent. 23 minutes of earth shatteringly good space rock that will satisfy fellow weirdoes from across the globe and beyond.

The hour long CD comes with an additional 15 minute track called “Smokin’”, a luscious trip around the globe which was missing from the original vinyl release.

Having listened to this album I know that I am doomed to float around in my gravity defying headphones for quite a while. Not only has it got under my skin, as all good sdpace rock does, but it has taken up residence and is threatening to burst forth like the Alien from the film.

Anyone or anything that is into the likes of Hawkwind, Oresund Space Collective, Gong, Iron Butterfly, or Ozric Tentacles really should be checking this out. Don’t blame me if you don’t come back to Earth for a while.

Check out the bands MySpace page for a listen. Available on Transubstans Records a division of Record Heaven.

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  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Nice Review…
    Sounds pretty cool. It would’ve been interesting to hear them fuse that with another style but that’s just my penchant for all things Fusion and/or Prog.

    You should check out:
    An Endless Sporadic – s/t
    Exivious – s/t
    Helmet of Gnats
    Heart of Cygnus

  • Charlie Doherty

    Nice find, Jeff! Just checked out “Smokin'” on Myspace and dug that tune a lot, especially as it progressed.

    Sweden is still a haven for great rock talent (think Opeth, Jens Lekman, The Hives, Refused, etc.). Add this group to that ever-growing list.