It may no longer be sufficient for avant rock or psych bands to book time at a local recording studio when all the cool groups are making records in eastern European countries and haunted houses. Of course, if you're working on a strict budget like the Gris Gris, the air-conditioned cabin in Kosse, Texas, owned by your guitarist's parents will do quite nicely if bandmates agree to pitch in on a little yard work between takes. The squawking horns on For The Season, along with various other percussive embellishments and, er, yodelling, suggest that our Gris Gris goomers weren't alone at the cabin and may have been smoking more than cigarettes and hams. Their elliptical, quasi-religious pronouncements on Year Zero, Skin Mass Cat and Down With Jesus, and the jammy bits on each tune would seem to confirm this. Sadly, the idealized remote rural cabin vibe didn't actually make it onto tape. This could be any novice eight-track job recorded in a basement or garage, but at least For The Season comes off like the work of a real band for a change.
Gris Gris rock the Comfort Zone Saturday (April 8).