Started in January 2015, Solid 7 Records is a DIY cassette label based in Bridgend, South Wales. They release limited edition cassettes from local and international artists and have released the first in a series of compilation tapes; Volume 1 features UK stoner rock bands. They welcome submissions from bands for future comps/releases.
The Solid 7 Volume 1 is a compilation album featuring some great UK based bands, and clocking in at a length of over 70 minutes, it’s a bargain of a release. As the band’s tracks are randomised, writing a track by track review would probably get messy, so instead here’s a quick summary of each band on the comp.
First up we have Jukebox Monkey, a Gravesend based stoner rock outfit. Both the tracks on the compilation feature some great crunchy riffs underpinned by a very powerful low end. The vocals soar over the top nicely here and offset the heaviness nicely.
Next up is Lacertilia, who have a real Fu Manchu vibe about their music – no bad thing at all. This is a band to drive to; their riffs are full of bluesy swagger and there’s some great dynamics in terms of loud and quiet sections.
Vimana, the next band on the compilation will appeal to fans of bands such as QOTSA, Turbowolf and Death From Above 1979 in that they’ve got quite a textured and unconventional sound. Both of their tracks on this release have a nice groove to them, yet are at the same time chunky and heavy.
A band I’ve recently mentioned on Twitter, Sump, are also on this compilation. Firstly, it’s great to see a female fronted band in our little genre (something that should be much more frequently seen, in my opinion). Still, they don’t use it as a gimmick, because the music speaks for itself. Both tracks are drenched in great guitar harmonies and have a really nice tone, where the guitars aren’t too distorted, letting the bass thump through nicely.
The Cortége are a bit of a leftfield choice for this album, but they work nicely here. The best way I can describe them is if a band like Incubus decided to make some stoner rock. There’s some great experimentation here but it’s not all-dominating and aside from some very decent riffage, we also have some quiet, clean section which helps break up the songs nicely.
Suns of Thunder are the penultimate band on this great compilation, hailing from Swansea in Wales. This band features some stellar song writing – they know their way around a riff. There’s a real Orange Goblin vibe coming from Suns of Thunder with some extra welsh swagger for good measure (if that’s a thing…).
Last but definitely not least are the mighty Resurrection Men. The lads from Coventry have some excellently gurn-worthy riffs (in a good way of course) and on their longer track, Tears of Wizards, there’s an almost Maiden-like harmonised section that works really well and would be great to see live.
Basically, make sure you grab this album while you can. There’s a limited run of fifty tapes for a fiver each if you’re into that, or if you’re a filthy millennial like me you can stream/download it for free while the tapes are on sale. Just to reiterate – get it now or never.
You can grab the compilation below – all social links to individual bands are on the release page too.