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If Jimi Hendrix had faked his death and was later discovered in Nepal by some ethnomusicologist fronting a heavy, instrumental psych-rock combo, the tapes brought back as proof might sound something like this. Recorded live at various locations along their 2002 U.S. tour, Davis Redford Triad's Code Orange is lo-fi and gritty but highly effective as guitarist Steven Wray Lobdell (occasional member of Faust) summons wave after wave of feedback from his instrument, deftly balancing avant noise with old-fashioned classic rock wankery while never fully committing to either. Likewise the drumming teeters between psych-rock tribalism and ham-fisted pummeling, drawing the best from both schools. But this group's raison d'être is obviously as a showcase for Lobdell's cosmic guitar explorations, and despite their shear volume and noise, the textures he creates are varied enough to make this 46-minute dose breeze by. Assuredly not light listening, nor music to purely zone out to, Code Orange is nevertheless much more listenable than a good many Acid Mothers Temple releases.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A solo vehicle for guitarist/vocalist Steven Wray Lobdell, the Davis Redford Triad created some of the most unusual sounds to emanate from Portland, Oregon during the late-1990s. With Lobdell laying down sonic waves of distortion on electric guitar, the group radiated with the sounds of modern psychedelia. The group's debut album, Mystical Path Of The Number Eighty Six was released shortly after Lobdell's release from a mental institution in the spring of 1997. Their second album, Ewige Blumenkraft...
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