Slo Burn/ Blood Ceremony/ Steak at The Garage, London - live review
Venue: The Garage, London
The Gospel - live
The Garage’s fancy revamp doesn’t appear to have air conditioning, turning the venue into a tropical sweatbox. Kicking off just after doors open, London’s STEAK  deal in laidback, fuzzed-out grooves that hark back to the mid-90s, with a good dash of both Kyuss and Nebula. Canada’s BLOOD CEREMONY  summon the spirits of Arthur Machen and Lord Dunsany via the sounds of Coven and Jethro Tull. Alia O’Brien’s voice soars through an Amicus/ Hammer Horror-esque world and even technical gremlins fail to ground their magical psych sounds. Utterly enthralling, as ever. Not many people can lay claim to the voice of a genre, but who can think of stoner rock and not hear John Garcia’s soulful rasp? Amusing The Amazing was a killer EP but not even SLO BURN  can stretch four songs over almost 90 minutes. A set that features more demo tracks than official releases flags a little in the heat at times, but set closer Pilot The Dune remains one of the greatest songs of the 90s.