Reviews California X Self Titled

California X

Self Titled

It seems the term “grunge” is getting thrown around again quite a bit these days when it comes to describing the current crop of buzzy-guitar-based bands. And while the actual definition of the word has always been somewhat confusing, in the 20-odd years it’s existed, it has also become a fairly accurate identifier. It would not be incorrect to use the word when illustrating the sunburned sonic resonance of Amherst, MA’s California X. There are a variety of elements at play on their debut full-length. You will find sludgy metal change-ups, lo-fi dream-pop, and ‘90s-ish pop-punk (particularly in the vocals) buried under heaps of glorious ear-piercing guitar fuzz. This is what the soundtrack to Easy Rider would be like if it was made two decades later and starred J. MascisBob Mould and Cris Kirkwood instead of Hopper, Fonda and Nicholson. There are a good chunk of bands doing this type of stuff right now, but California X is easily one of the most impressive. Recently a friend of mine told me about a dude he knows who regularly wears a tee shirt that says, “Bring back the early ‘90s.” That dude would love this record.

8.0 / 10Nathan G. O'Brien
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

8.0 / 10

8.0 / 10

Share this content
Related features

One Question Interviews California X

Posted Oct. 21, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Dan Jones (California X) SPB: How many vans have you had? (Any related “death of a” stories?) Jones: The short answer is: One.  Our main ...

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Calabrese

Flee The Light

7.5 / 10 Calabrese  - Flee The Light album cover

This year I was so psyched! I am a big horror punk fan. There are three bands I really, really enjoy. Calabrese is one of those bands. I’ve followed this ...

Various Artists

Rakta & Deafkids – Forma/Sigilo

8.0 / 10 Various Artists - Rakta & Deafkids – Forma/Sigilo album cover
200 Words Or Less

Brazilian act Rakta were at the forefront of the post-punk revival several years back, and continue to be one of more captivating crews working in what has become a sort ...

Blood Incantation

Hidden History of the Human Race

9.0 / 10 Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race album cover

By now it’s clear that Blood Incantation are the death metal band of the future, a band willing to push the genre and do things with its base elements that ...

Related news

Shows Don Giovanni 2015 showcase

Posted Jan. 5, 2015, 12:34 p.m.

Don Giovanni Records has announced a 2015 showcase show, running three non-consecutive nights in Feb: 6, 7, and 28 at Knitting Factory in New York. The final date will double ...

Records New California X come Jan

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:26 a.m.

On Jan. 13, Don Giovanni Records will release Nights in the Dark, the second full-length from California X. Here's the title track:

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.