Inwoods are an exciting up and coming progressive rock band from Adelaide. They are heavily laden with stoner and sludge elements, with a rightful touch of doom, psychedelia and desert rock. Quite clearly taking inspiration from such bands as Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Tool, to name a few. But if this area of music is your jam then you are going to be impressed by Inwoods.
Inwoods will take over your brain with their technicality and musical charm. Even if stoner rock is your thing, you will be impressed by their prowess.
Sure there are plenty of bands playing this genre of music, but not so many do so with enough prowess to be considered badass, or deliver chilling live performances that captivate audiences from the first moment to the very last. Here charisma meets execution in effortless fashion.
Fresh groove, and heavy riffs laden distortion are employed by the band to explore slow climbs and fast plummets through the thick veil of tension evoked by their songs. The melodies combine with technicality in those fast paced progressive rock breaks we all know and love.
Inwoods released their debut EP Slow Season earlier this year and without sounding too enamoured, this is nothing short of an astounding release. With compositions transporting you back to the 90’s and an extraordinary feel that is marred with a clear yet unspoken love for traditional heaviness, it is nothing short of exciting to imagine the greatness they are capable of achieving in the span of their career.
The problem with listening to Inwoods in the wake of a live performance, is deciding which riff you want stuck in your head- all of them! Whether it’s the infectious rhythmic onslaught from Djun, the slow trudge of title track Slow Season, or the pins and needles inducing chord progression in Stone Mask, they are sure to take over some portion of your brain’s ability to think for itself.
Inwoods also professes a sense of its own identity with tracks such as the sleazy Van Song and the ominously trippy Infomercial, the latter of which features a speech from Krishnamurti layered over the top of a gentle and climactic instrumental offering. Slow Season not only has a fantastic sense of continuity, standing strong as a sum of its parts, but each member delivers phenomenally with their ability to play their instrument.
We highly recommended that you listen to debut EP Slow Season, which is for free (or with an optional donation) on their bandcamp.
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