(Boneshaker Records/Kozmik Artifactz Records)
Geezer retain their undisputed crowns as the kings of Hudson Valley stoner rock on the excellent Spiral Fires EP. This one features drummer Steven Markota (of Nightmares for a Week), who released it via his local Boneshaker Records imprint. Markota brings big fills and green-thumb dedication to the fertile soil of Pat Harrington and Richie Touseull's psychic garden of guitar, bass, and freaky synth-lines. This band is as homegrown as it gets in these parts, and ready to serve up a fat bowl of Fu Manchu-meets-Floyd-ian stew faster than you can say "Ummagumma."
Recorded locally by engineer Matthew Cullen at Kingston's Darkworld Studio (which gets a tribute on track 3, "Darkworld"), this EP is a four-song morsel that fills you up but leaves room for you to consider diving into the rest of the band's budding discography. From the Clutch-reminiscent, two-part "Spiral Fires" (which includes a tasty cameo by guest vocalist Pam Grande on "Spiral Fires Part 2"), to the nearly eight-minute, prog-infused, dirge-y fan favorite "Charley Reefer," Geezer expand minds as they trudge forward across the surface of distant moons, spreading the gospel of upstate doom. If you claim to care about the louder side of this region's underground rock scene, Geezer is a band you absolutely must hear if you want anyone to take you seriously as a connoisseur of our local wellspring of serious sonic strangeness.