The moment someone mentions Indian Handcrafts, it will lead to discussions of heaviness, music that will floor you like a safe crushing your bowels. However, another word thrown around with these guys is groove. Some of the best hard rock and heavy metal bands have a sense of groove that is often overlooked, but Indian Handcrafts know why it is a necessity: the best rock music is also the best fuck music. Civil Disobedience For Losers (Sargent House) know how to do this by blending up bits of The Stooges, Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, and marijuana brownies to create something that will make you want to find someone else’s wife and do figure 8’s inside of her. Yes, THAT kind of groove.
Anyone who remembers the band Big Chief will relate to what Indian Handcrafts are going here. This is a hard rock band who aren’t afraid to bring in elements such as gospel, pop, and soul and make themselves sound like they are about to start a revolution. The album definitely has a classic feel, reflective of their collective influences, but it’s not just done to be retro. “Bruce Lee” has the kind of texture exploration that may remind people of Black Sabbath’s Sabotage album.
In “Zombie”, they enter that warble-of-no-return sound that always made Sabbath’s songs work, one that countless bands from Seattle used in the mid to late 80’s that would lead to the foolish name of grungy. It’s that crusty guitar and bass crunch that makes you want to do dances and hand gestures you never knew existed until you realized those riffs and drum fills would make you want to dance. If the music isn’t heavy enough for you, “Lion At The Door” sounds like what would happen if W.A.S.P. were raised in Mountlake Terrace, Washington instead of Los Angeles, and I also think what works about thiis album too is while one can cite influences and references for days, in the end this is just heavy, raw rock at its best. One may go “oh that part sounds like the end of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” or “if Tad became a meber of Blackfoot, it would be this brutal” but after that happens, you begin to enjoy Indian Handcrafts for being Indian Handcrafts. The fact that Melvins’ Dale Crover and Coady Willis are on this, indirectly giving their seal of approval, should mean something.
Again, the best metal has always had some sense of groove, so while other people may want to throw in a Funkadelic comparison to explain this, you know that deep down, it’s unnecessary. You’ll find what you’ll want to find in their music but this is Indian Handcrafts, who create their rock to sound as thick as that soup in the fridge that your daughter thought was something from your engine. Disobedient rock? Isn’t that how it should be by default? Yes.
(Civil Disobedience For Losers will be released on MP3, vinyl, and CD on October 30th. You may pre-order yours below from Amazon.com by clicking the boxes below.)