I have no idea what is in the French waters but these guys can rock. Opener 'Dying Day' immediately brings out the big guns. Well, not immediately, first we get a short Colour Haze like jam before the groovy nad riff loaded stoner rock starts blasting through the speakers. From this very beginning, the influences become clear. Musically, everything between Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age and Truckfighters shines through. The vocalist is clearly a Metallica fan, since James Hetfield often comes to mind.
But that's ok. In fact, that's perfectly fine. The mix of heavy stoner rock and those vintage metal vocals really give the whole thing the power it needs. Believe me, there is plenty of power here. Just listen to 'Mushroom Fail', a potent stoner rock track, mostly slow also but containing a fierce jam near the end. Then, they prove that they can just as easy write a convincing desert rock ballad, 'Upset Man'. Here, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam come to mind and again, I'm quite impressed.
Sunderfeet sound as vintage and genuine as their favorite bands do and that is a very good quality to have. They can rock hard but they can also write decent songs. They know how to sound varied while still maintaining a coherent sound. They can do Creedence Clearwater Revival (in '13'), they can do Fu Manchu ('W.A.R.') and everything in between. So yeah, this is a highly recommended album for everyone who loves a good stoner jam once in a while. Check it out. You'll be massively surprised...