Radio Moscow are really just one guy....and he's good. Trouble is....i think he knows he's good! As a consequence..the riffs may be great, but they're slightly hidden behind solos for the most part, as such there is a lack of 'muscle' to this rock. BUT it is very well written - no denying it!
It's evident that Parker Griggs is a major talent. An inventive, effective guitarist covering lots of styles though firmly rooted in 60s and 70s psychedelia. But also a highly technical drummer. And a visonary producer managing to make the multilayered tracks sound organic and live-in-the-studio.
The complex music is clearly inspird by the likes of Hendrix, Spirit, Captain Beyond, Mountain/WBL. What sets Radio Moscow apart from most other retro bands is the sheer power of the musicianship - Zach Anderson is definitely a power house of a bassist - and the class of the compositions. Managing to pack an amazing lot of content into a 4 min. track, different textures, odd time signatures.
While the music is transformational, mindblowing and experimental the lyrics stay firmly on ground level. Being mostly very standard fare macho musings about girls and sex.
No doubt this is the kind of record that could be stuff for legends and stardom.
Oh yeah, the retro rockwagon rolls on with this Iowa trio of authentic psychedelic worshippers before the alter of Blue Cheer volume and rip-it-up guitar, bass and drums. Where The Answer ably ape Led Zep and Free, Radio Moscow confidently tread the Sabbath and already invoked Blue Cheer route, Parker Gibbs scorching out wow wow and other pylon-carried guitar solos. There's the blues too, as in the harmonica driven 'Creepin', fourth track on this consistently thumping gem. Instrumental 'Densaflorativa' is a drum'n'guitar interlude that ends on a psychedelic vocalplay with sound effects before segueing into the powerful rock track 'I Don't Need Nobody'. If you like it heavy and hard, knock yourself out with this rock-resurrection blast from the glorious past.