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LASTWIND - Return of A Sonic Assassin; LASTWIND - Return of A Sonic Assassin
Topic Started: Jul 4 2012, 09:46 AM (1,919 Views)
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Return of A Sonic Assassin

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Have you worked it out yet? Lastwind? Sonic Assassin? Flicknife records? Yup, that's right. Lastwind feature a bloke who used to be in Hawkwind. Ish. For about five minutes. But, hey, you've got to grab it where you can. It's the brainchild of keyboard player Paul Hayles, who started life in Ark, a West of England, Grateful Dead type band who supported Hawkwind and Gong, which led to him to teaming up with Dave Brock and Robert Calvert in their post Hawkwind outfit, Sonic Assassins, with fellow Ark members Harvey Bainbridge and Martin Griffin, names that Hawkwind fans will be more familiar with.

Mr Hayles ended up in Hawkwind for a 1978 US tour, before chucking it in and moving to France. Which just shows how bad things must have been in Hawkwind at the time. France. Life then got in the way, but he never abandoned music, even supporting Hawkwind on their 2006 tour. Now he's teamed up with Latch Manghat - guitar, vocals, Sol Latif - guitar, former Groundhogs drummer Ken Pustelnik and bassist Hugo Morgan. Although how many of them are real names, and how many are for tax purposes, is open to debate.

And, basically, it's a space rock album. As you would expect. If you're wondering what era of Hawkwind it's like, then fittingly, it's late seventies style. So you get the driving riffs, the swooshy keyboards, and the vocals that sound as they've been recorded at the end of a tunnel. As it should be. Things kick off with an instrumental called 'Return Of A Sonic Assassin', which is, like, just in case you didn't read the opening paragraph, before the out and out HWisms of 'Winds Of Time', which is a lot better than some of the keech the real HW has punted out.

Elsewhere, they get a bit dancey on 'King Arthur', a bit psychedelic on 'Daytrippers', a bit political on 'Who Dat Man' and go all stoner on 'Which Way When'. Sure, there are a couple of tracks that the skip button was invented for (say hello to 'She's A Girl'), but as space rock goes, this is Championship material, with the odd pretension to Premier League status. It's 90% enjoyable, and if you are one of those folks who drool a wee bit whenever a space rock album arrives, then get your tissues ready.

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Edited by zeitgeist, Jul 6 2012, 11:11 AM.
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