Review: Deadpeach ‘The Cosmic Haze And the Human Race’

‘Let me please introduce the band, a bunch of freaks from planet Earth. Now we need to destroy your city. We are Deadpeach we are very gritty…’ shouts frontman Giovanni Giovannini on Motor Peach with a motor mouth valour accompanied by a heavy guitar riff.

This is a genuine self-explanatory statement that may sound quite intimidating for the people living in every city they visit during their touring, albeit deep down they are a bunch of very humble and warm at heart guys.

Deadpeach 'The Cosmic Haze And the Human Race' Artwork
Deadpeach ‘The Cosmic Haze And the Human Race’ Artwork

Here are Rimini, Italy’s fuzzy psych garage stoner power trio Deadpeach, whose name can only cause an adrenaline rush bringing turmoil in a quiet body. Although today they are known as a trio, they still work with their long-time friend/guitarist and once fourth member, Daniele Bartoli. Since the early ‘90s, they’ve created their own sound made of rough, acidic and dirty garage rock coming from bands who formed their youth, not only as avid listeners but also as musicians ready to take charge of their strong and frenzied sound.

The music released from their early works is wildly adrenaline-fueled and full of burning blasting guitar riffs, furious drumming and angry raw vocals reminiscent of the ‘60s/’70s blues psych garage punk such as MC5, Thes Stooges, Seeds, The 13th Floor Elevator, among others. Listening to them sing in Italian, which happened on their early recordings, it’s like listening to a gang of drunken rascals uttering simple, funny words but well measured and with intriguing style.

After the acclaimed 2015 album Aurum, released via Nasoni Records, the band stayed away from the recording studio for several years but never had a dull moment as a band, in fact, they’ve been alive and well on the European live circuits both touring and appearing at festivals. Then, after nine years, Deadpeach returned with a charged sound between moving, slow, dreamy sonic landscapes and deep psychic stoner with an obstinate bass line that creates a lysergic and elevated atmosphere.

It’s a journey where musical boundaries dissolve, allowing listeners to embark on a captivating sonic odyssey…

Making references to the title of their new album, we seem to enter an earthly sonorous fortress contaminated by The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race and its captivating state of mind magnificence. The opening track Madras continues the journey undertaken with Calcutta from their 2015 album Aurum. It’s a slow bluesy start that builds up into a heavy and daring rhythm that sees them involved and lost inside as there is no tomorrow. While Motor Peach beats the hell out of it with an almost Black Sabbat Paranoid intro, then rising into heavy stoner mayhem.

This is an album whose long gestation revealed what has been inside their mind all along without creating useless subterfuge. It’s an exhilarating journey where their music boundaries have no dividing line. ‘You hold my hand, I touch your soul, a flower blooms, a world disappears’ sings Giovanni on Monday, a romantic ballad you could say that I would have preferred to finish off as it started, slow and warmly penetrating instead it breaks up with heavy, furious drumming and guitar playing emerging from an overdone intoxication of pulsating hard rock rhythms.

The closing track takes us to a sonic world different from the stoner hustle. With Set The Control To Mother Earth the three magic surfers take us on a trip characterised by an interstellar cosmic wake that celebrates our infinite cosmos in its otherworldly magical and vibrating universe. Listen to Deadpeach’s The Cosmic Haze And The Human Race and immerse yourself into a river of sounds crafted to create imaginary landscapes and intoxicate your adventurous spirit. It’s a journey where musical boundaries dissolve, allowing listeners to embark on a captivating sonic odyssey. Whether you sink or soar, Deadpeach ensures an unforgettable experience.

Label: Independent
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Scribed by: Domenico ‘Mimmo’ Caccamo