Wizard Rifle - Here In The Deadlights
From the rain and gloom of Portland was spawned Wizard Rifle; two malcontent twenty-somethings with a bent on creating something exhilarating and progressive amidst a scene of tepid dreamy pop, and redundant revival acts. Drummer Sam Ford is a blur of tom rolls, rapid-fire rim shots, screaming out harmonies amid the flurry. Meanwhile guitarist Max Dameron spews out tentacles of noise, at times angular yet bizarrely groovy, at times psychedelic ambience, or purely crushing space-rock. The sheer sonic wall created by two is a sight to behold live, both members sharing signing duties and pushing to the limit of their abilities and earsThe sound is rooted in a reverence for 70’s psychedelic and punk, and myriad contemporary acts without ever feeling like a throwback. Wizard Rifle seeks to push the boundaries beyond reference points and obvious nods to rock idols, but they’ve commonly been likened to King Crimson, Lightning Bolt, High on Fire, Misfits, Karp, Melvins, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Sleep.