Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Golden Grass - Life Is Much Stranger

The Golden Grass have long been one of my favorite bands in the underground simply because their version of 70s rock revival is perhaps the most authentic of anyone going. If you're looking for a band with the guitar tones and sonic nods to early 70s greats, then this is the band for you. The golden Grass don't lean into any of the boring 'proto metal' pentatonic misery that the scene has forced us to choke on for years. Instead, this is a band who understand prog wizardry and pop songwriting, and whose new record Life Is Much Stranger comes across as a goddamn masterpiece. 

Those in the know have been following The Golden Grass for years now. This latest offering is the first new full album from the band in 5 years, but it has been very worth the wait. While there have been a few intermittent releases, it's been far too long since we could really get lost in the hippy magic of this band. The songs are anthemic, the multi part harmonies addictive and the riffs wonderfully groovy. The band consistently manages to get you singing along and in awe of their high quality production. This is music that really lives and breathes classic rock magic and finds a way to add to the canon without being derivative. 

For years I've felt that The Golden Grass should be much bigger than they are. They are a one of a kind force in the underground and none of their peers can really compare to the vision that they bring to the table. Life Is Much Stranger captures the imagination time and time again with sprawling soundscapes and sonic wizardry that reminds listeners exactly why the classic bands were just better. The Golden Grass are definitively a head and shoulders above any of their peers in the US scene, and I'm desperately hoping we don't need to wait 5 years for another album. 

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