Petyr - Petyr album review
Sun-kissed stoner psych from the spawn of Tony Hawk
This San Diego heavy psych unit are fronted by pro skater Riley Hawk, son of skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and unsurprisingly the music is a sunny post-skate session of stoned, heady jams, cosmic nod-inducing pulsations and expeditions to higher realms. Inspired by neighbours Earthless as well as the energy and excess of a pro skating lifestyle, Petyr’s music builds from a backbone of a Sabbathian swagger and steadily builds up intensity with hard-hitting percussion, driving Hawkwind and Groundhogs-style clamour, creating a superbly far-out fuzz. Moments of spaced-out lazy calm balance proceedings before heading back into frantic passages of grinding bluesy bounce and the weirdly winding, Eastern rhythms of Japan’s Flower Travellin’ Band in the form of a satisfying rendition of their Satori Part III. Largely instrumental with only sparse vocals subtly buried in the mix, Petyr is a well rounded, proto-metal psych debut that will satisfy any stoner or skater.