Tuber
Out of the Blue


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
June 5th, 2017 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a soundtrack to a smooth sunset drive...

The Greeks have always enjoyed rock & metal music (any kind from psychedelic to heavy and black metal) and developed their own subculture over the past decades. They successfully adopted the stoner wave right from the initial ‘90s wave (see Nightstalker), plus dozens of bands continue to arise each year enjoying both local and international success (see 1000MODS, Planet of Zeus, Naxatras, Godsleep, Villagers of Ioannina City, Last Rizla, etc.). One of the groups that musically sticks out is Tuber, who followed a more electronic route, using Maserati-like grooves fueled by heavy guitars. Their debut, Desert Overcrowded was a smooth ride with simple yet cocky riffs that created a hazy, summery vibe. Four years later, its successor finally sees the light of day.

While Desert Overcrowded was a blissful, smoked-out affair, Out of the Blue revs the tempo up a notch, as well as the power of the guitars. What I like about them is how easily they can build such cool grooves with just a few chords or leads. The songs never get complicated, they simply offer a good time. The title track represents the overall direction really well, growing from ‘80s pastiche: a sequencer and reverbed drums set things into motion, before the guitars crank the tune up. The guys run through a couple of melodic segments embellished by synths, then proceed to a soaring coda. The whole thing feels like the soundtrack to a sunset drive by the sea in a sun-soaked city like Los Angeles or Miami. In fact, the entire LP gives the impression of a more urban counterpart to the debut. ‘Russian’ is a barn burner, leaving the distorted strings to reveal the hardest hitting track Tuber recorded so far. It’s clear they worked on creating a cohesive progression of riffs that has substance, but without taking away the fun or catchiness.

Halfway into this affair, ‘Cat Class’ and ‘Noman’ keep the party going strong. The former leaves the bass to the forefront, enhanced again by sequencers as well as highly trebled guitars. As we move on to the second part of the song, we’re taken on a sonic labyrinth. Switching from dirty riffs to euphoric leads and constantly adding layers, the finale is just moving. I am happy regarding the ambition to wander into a more progressive territory, adding significant depth to the tunes. In a genre that gets lazier by the year, it’s nice to see a band that rides against the grain, wanting to evolve not stagnate on a tried & tested formula. ‘Noman’ offers some rest, starting slow with some windy notes alongside a straightforward beat, however, it gradually picks up through a delightful, melodic groove. Since they couldn’t resist (and for the better of it), we receive another round of delayed riffage to end on a high note. Moreover, ‘Moon Rabbit’ reminisces early God is an Astronaut, using high pitched leads over a chunky bass line. Still, as they would retreat into clean, moody passages, the Greeks bring forth the dirt. The warmth of their sound is what always gets at you every time.

Out of the Blue isn’t an album meant to be dissected and get all elitist about it, because its purpose is to be immediately fun. It boasts that familiar ‘80s sound blending with the current rock sound (pretty much a mix of Maserati, God is an Astronaut and even some Russian Circles here and there). Tuber carved their own niche and continue to hone their chemistry without getting pretentious. This way, the guys crafted an impressive LP that is just as detailed as it is catchy. Roll with it.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2017


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is like a soundtrack to GTA: Vice City, really cool album. Simple and fun!



Get it here - http://tuber.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-the-blue

Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVDdfUwqDX8

Digging: Laibach - Also Sprach Zarathustra

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2017


2500 Comments


great review as always... listening now, and this sounds pretty great.. a nice nostalgic feel from late 80's to it..

Tuber Out of the Blue sounds like someone has suddenly lobbed a potato at your head though..

Pho3nix
June 5th 2017


295 Comments


Sounds cool, for some reason I have been getting into synthwave/retro artists like Timecop1983 more and more... gonna have to wait for this to hit Spotify though

guitarded_chuck
June 5th 2017


13209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this albums synthwave? they were more stoner/post rock on the first lp

teamster
June 5th 2017


1544 Comments


These guys are good, glad to see some new material. Excellent review and thanks.

Digging: Timeworn - Venomous High

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2017


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@chuck - this is heavier than the first album. The first track is the most electronic sounding overall

manosg
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2017


10397 Comments


Man you're in a roll! Started listening to this one 2-3 days ago but after a couple of minutes I had to turn it off and never bothered to check it again so thanks for the reminder. Awesome review and, needless to say, I wholeheartedly agree with your opening paragraph.

Digging: Dimmu Borgir - Forces of the Northern Night

MarsKid
June 5th 2017


4809 Comments


Last LP was fun, will check

good review

Prancer
June 5th 2017


304 Comments


This is really boring

guitarded_chuck
June 6th 2017


13209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great stuff, i liked their first lp more though tbh, not to discourage anyone from this, band deserves more attention on here

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2017


4297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@manosg - I saw these guys on their tour last year and they kicked a lot of ass. I was waiting for this album since then and it's really cool.

zaruyache
June 6th 2017


17177 Comments


last album was great need to jam!

Digging: Penguin Cafe - The Imperfect Sea

manosg
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2017


10397 Comments


Agreed, Raul. Jammed and enjoyed. Very good album.

ksoflas
June 7th 2017


1105 Comments


Tuber are probablly the most authentic Greek band around.
Limitless respect for their music.



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