Sunday, 1 February 2015

OWNER - Shame Face (EP Review)

Shame Face cover art

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 21st January 2015
Label: Self Released

Shame Face – Track Listing

1.Cryptocrat 05:37
2.Beef on the Hoof 08:47
3.Fad Quiz 03:04
4.Gulch 06:20


We've known each other since before puberty. Well...except Ben. We think Ben was born post-pubescent. But, we've all been friends for a long time. Been in a bunch of bands together and been in a bunch of fights together. One by one, we all found ourselves in the same city again. We've been playing as OLD HAND for the last few years with different players, but now have found our forever home as OWNER. We're a little obsessive. We're a bit awkward. We play the songs that we want to hear.


Dylan Regier (guitar/vocals)
Ben Sorensen (bass/vocals)
Ray Hughes (drums)


OWNER is a very peculiar kind of Stoner Rock band as they include elements of Noise Rock, Post-Punk, Goth and even Fuzz Rock for one groovy different kind of riffs. Their debut EP – Shame Face – feels it was recorded in the legendary Goth/Post-Punk Scene as the vocals aren't you're usual kind for a Stoner Rock band. I feel OWNER are a Dark Alternative Stoner Rock band with a truly original sound of their own.

Opening track – Cryptocrat – has all the hallmarks of a band saying a big FUCK YOU to convention and playing by their own rules. OWNER become Stoner Rock outlaws bursting with dark violent ideas where it feels good to be different. Hints of Blues Rock interlaced with Fuzz Rock appear towards the end with bleak vocals that come from the Nick Cave school of hard knocks. Dylan and Ben perfectly capture the bleak existence of life itself. And then OWNER throw a Truckfighters style curve-ball to the mix. I did say these guys were different.

Second track – Beef On The Hoof – is an epic almost 9 minute affair with OWNER blending depressing blues rock with slabs of heavy fuzz. The vocals take a more a Satanic turn with OWNER providing a thrilling tale packed full of mysterious riffs. The song has a superb slow-paced blues rock feel that gives OWNER the chance to play with your emotions and still surprise you with each passing moment.

Third Track – Fad Quiz – is a more straight forward Stoner Rock offering with OWNER still adding different sounds you wouldn't expect for a Stoner Rock song. The last track – Gulch – starts off with a creepy intro before bleak vocals add a more painful vibe compared to the EP's previous tracks. It's a slow paced affair before OWNER slowly start to add different noises for one final hurrah of experimental Stoner Rock.

Check it out for yourself as Shame Face is available to buy now on BandCamp Buy Now Download.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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