Share LIGHTS FROM PARADISE - Quest for Fire (Impedance/Tee Pee Records)
If there is one problem with Canadian neo-psychedelic act “Quest for Fire” it is that their quest is a long and tedious one.  If they really want to find some fire, I suggest they get on with the business of rubbing some sticks together or maybe buying a box of matches.  Instead, their version of psychedelia involves watching magma lazily rolling down a slight incline.  There is no denying the epic majesty of their performance unless, of course, you think the words epic and majesty have no place in the review of a rock and roll band.

“Quest for fire” mistake the turgid for the lysergic.  I could have a lot of fun watching this band if you set me up with industrial quantities of heroin and cocaine.  Then again, if you set me up with the kind of quantities I required to enjoy this band, I could probably just as happily watch paint dry and grass grow.  “Quest for Fire” play at that kind of a pace.  They are more enjoyable when they bring the viola to the fore than when they wring out endless guitar riffs but the viola guy must be a session player or a synthesiser or something because he only shows up occasionally.  Mostly they just rumble on and on and on.

It is as boring as bats piss to sit around listening to people on drugs when you haven’t had any. That’s what listening to this band is like. The melodies are pretty enough.  The excitement factor is seven steps beneath low.   The album washes over you.   It’s like listening to a glacier.  Some would argue that that is what psychedelic music is all about. Some people love the Grateful Dead. I’d rather listen to the Thirteenth Floor Elevators. - Bob Short  

 


Hailing from Toronto , Ontario these four guys unfortunately get lumped into that ridiculous pigeonhole called ‘Stoner Rock” . It seems to me if a band has a varied heavy – soft vibe / approach, offers a bit of diversity in their sound, and likes to solo here and there, a band is automatically called “stoner rock”. Get a life! Anyway, I don’t like labels never have and never will. With that rant out the way, this debut by Quest For Fire is skillfully played, rocking, and above all enjoyable.

The opening track “Bison Eyes” is an up tempo rocker. At first, a nice guitar riff is introduced, complimented by droning wah-wah, and pounding drums. Chad Ross’s vocals enter the mix, and here’s where the band stands out. The vocals of Ross remain smooth, yet calm as the band stays undeterred moving forward. The second track “Strange Waves” is a long number which takes the listener on twists, and turns complete with softened vocals, excellent guitar work, harmonica, and a rolling tom drum. Midway, during the song develops into a wall of sound.

Things begin to heat up with the “The Hawk That Hunts The Walking”. A hard riff permeates the song, accenting the steady bass and drumming of the band. The song then dissolves into quiet vocals, a flanged guitar pattern and drums. The chorus consists of distorted riff. For “We’ve Been Trying To Leave”, a faster tempo is quickly established. A feeling of late 60’s / 70’s raunch is evident (think Crazy Horse, Stooges) on the track. The groove the band settles into is really special.

Quest for Fire’s debut is carefully crafted, and you can tell the time and effort these guys put into the music. The songs have a nice vibe, and there’s a quality of moodiness prevalent throughout the album, which adds to the appeal of their sound. As a whole, Quest For Fire’s debut CD is indeed impressive.- Arthur S


 

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