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ERIK LARSON
FAITH, HOPE, LOVE
SMALL STONE

Alabama Thunderpussy axeman Erik Larson’s latest solo sojourn is the 12-track FAITH, HOPE, LOVE. This disc resonates with the stoner rock groove of his current outfit meshed with his old band Avail’s drinking on the porch punk rock vibe, resulting in some introspectively heavy lyrics with music to match. Where “Bleeding Fire” is chock full of acoustic apathy, “The Bar Song” creeps up on you with a catchy chorus that is impossible to get out of your head, and the steamroller send-off on “Bloodshot” cranks the amps up to the sky and allows them to rip. Bridging the gap between Larson’s many musical personalities, this disc unveils a doom punk rock explosion that fans of the man and his many bands will deeply appreciate.
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- Mike SOS