Instant Boner – Outburst

Instant Boner is a great name for a band. Then again, Instant Boner would be a great name for pretty much anything. Just brilliant!

Instant Boner is also a brilliant, “psychedelic Stoner Rock band from Thessaloniki“. They released their debut album Perfect Sunday in 2014 and on January 21, 2016 they followed it up with Outburst. If you have already heard about the album, there is a strong chance you will also have heard about the presence of a saxophone inside a stoner rock world. Intruiging isn’t it?

First seconds into the album and into The Messiah and the aforementioned saxophone appears, smoothly yet triumphantly. So you, as a listener, you start to get into a certain mood after hearing it, right? You start expecting a certain kind of music to follow, right? The words George Michael, Bruce SpringsteenINXS, the 80s, they start appearing in your head, RIGHT? Well the sweet, heavy-groove riff that erupts in your face, along with that Mike-Patton-level crazy voice that follows, makes you forget that. And the saxophone retreats and decides to resurface only when it matters. In small but critical doses. And truthfully, I never would have imagined using this particular instrument as a stoner-mood-creating device but here, it works perfectly. Any fan of fuzz and stoner rock bands would approve of this.

Likewise, in same-titled Outburst, Instant Boner keep you right at your feet and when midway, the saxophone builds up to the punk solo, you begin to understand their music a little bit better. And if the first thing that you hear in Falling Stars is a piano chord that makes you think a Spotify advertisement popped out of nowhere, the rest of the song, a missing link between Tuber and Pink Floyd, makes you only feel. Beautiful song for sure.

Speaking of beautiful, Tom Waits would be very proud of the next song, Lady Sin. When someones asks you again about how heavy music connects with the blues, just make them listen to this. The truly bluesy first part of this and then the mayhem that evolves into. At the end, James Hetfield also would be proud.

The EP ends with a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Foxy Lady and for this, I think that the band found the right amount of “making an original song mine” and “take your hand off there young man, this is history”.

Instant Boner is a very active band the last couple of years and with their second quality release in as many years, they will definitely be in my gig list, this summer.

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