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coverpic flag New Zealand - Full Moon 245 - 08/18/16

Arcade Recordings

The Auckland four-piece Sere has launched a self-titled, three track debut EP/mini-album. Their short description of themselves goes: 'Militant house/musical lasange. Quarter pack. Proto John Cage, a musical laxative for a constipated society'. Right, Let's go.

Under 'influences' the band have ticked 'each other.' However, Sere perform and punch out weird, wild and wonderful monster music. The 13-minutes-long "New Path" is a massive psych-doom-metalish, slow-floating space-jam described by Under The Radar Magazine as sounding like 'The Stooges, Black Sabbath and Earthless jamming in Hades.' Zac Arnold, Grant Sheridan, Calum Gunn, and Bridge Shoebridge dig their skewed sound and warped grooves as they're steering their slow 'song trains' to dawn. Sere have been a band for just a year, and their sound is, uuuh... somewhat authentic and real - raw and rough. The bass driven "Hazy" follows the same slow swerve as "New Path" but swirls through something more from up the freak-folk back alleys. The surprising last track is a spaced out cover version of Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" (from Roxy Music's brilliant second album, For Your Pleasure). The original song is for sure a spacy, trippy song, but in the hands of Sere the song becomes even weirder and far more crazy, and yes of course: it's thunderously heavy, yet controlled and (almost) tamed. Semi-tamed. Wild stuff, check it out! Sere is a band worth revisting I guess.

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