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After listening to Caustic Resin's Fly Me to the Moon, it'll come as no surprise that the band is a product of the wide spaces and western isolation of Boise, ID. Brett Netson seems to want to fill up — or possibly set fire to — those vast sage-covered valleys with a guitar sound that is equal parts heavy metal and classic space rock. The fact that those categories are typically reserved for pejorative descriptions doesn't mean squat to Caustic Resin, which carves out a unique and often dangerous sound from the dried-up husks of the two musical forms. This is music your parents wouldn't be happy to hear pouring from underneath the door of your bedroom. Take "Cancerous Eye" for instance, where Netson's voice recalls another once dangerous rock hero, Ozzy Osbourne, as he sings, "...and how does it feel/To be connected with things/That threaten your life?" Or the complex guitar work and schizophrenic vocal overdubs of the opening track "Spore," where the pace is nearly driven over the edge by the relentless drumming of James Manny. Though the 16 tracks may not be enough to get you to the moon, there is certainly enough fuel here to get you above the atmosphere of Boise.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Longtime linchpins of the Boise, ID, indie scene, Caustic Resin were often lost in the shadow of the city's best-known exports, Built to Spill. Yet their roots dated back farther, and were also less connected to Seattle. Somewhat in contrast to the dominant sounds of the Northwest, Caustic Resin's music was a dark, druggy blend of heavy metal, psychedelia, and space rock. Headed by guitarist/vocalist Brett Netson, the band favored thick, slow-moving jams filled with torturous vocals and warped noise...
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