*** The vinyl is sold out from Freak Flag Recs but you can pick up a copy direct from the band here: badboat.bandcamp.com/music
FFR001 ~ Bad Boat - Lonely Doom 12"
* Transparent Purple 180gm vinyl
* 4 songs – 45rpm – 26mins
* Sleeve w/ 5mm spine on “uncoated reverse board” card stock
* Insert w/ lyrics and additional artwork by Niall Ward
* Ltd 250 hand numbered copies
* Mastered by James Plotkin
* Download Code
Lucky To Be Breathing
All songs Copyright Control © 2009 Bad Boat except * Andes / Ferguson © 1968 Hollenbeck Music
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*** Press quotes ***
Bad Boat have shaken off their premature death and are once more active. Thank fuck, if this is anything to go by. This is just one huge showcase for the band. Emotionally expressive and varied vocals that culminate in a howl so tuneful it makes your heart cry with it. It has a steel hard pounding bass and drum engine that kicks the rhythm around like a trick footballer and guitars that riff around this with real gut wrenching touch. It’s stoner with the shit kicked out of it so hard it leaks sludge and its deep heavy blues bones glisten wetly beneath. Utterly fantastic.
The Sleeping Shamen:
“Lonely Doom” lurches between mighty crushing riffs to a full on Sabbath styled rock out meltdown all topped off with Clarke’s manic yet melodic vocal stylings. Bad Boat are no mere doom copyists and willing to stretch out and try something left of centre. [Luck to be Breathing] … shows that Bad boat aren’t content to wallow in doom clichés and look to expand the envelope. As the track builds in intensity and heaviness it has a whiff of early Cult about it, albeit raised on Mogadon and Sabbath…. If you like your doom with a few shots of extra flavouring this may well be the kind of thing you’ve been looking for though be warned, like so many of the best albums it is a record that only really seems to make full sense a few spins in.
“Each riff is draped in a layer of sandpaper and wood chippings that induces an instantaneous high when taken directly via the eardrums as prescribed. Fuckin’ apocalyptic shit from the first note to the last, but with the proper finesse on hand to see the band make the right moves with every riff. Lonely Doom is essential sickness for the dedicated, always ill doom purist.”
Temple of Perdition:
[On “Lucky to be Breathing”]… “the arrangements ebb away rather slowly, giving you time to breathe after this lengthy but convincing display of emotion. It's impressing how the group unifies a tight performance with feeling as well as attitude in a way that sounds totally natural.”
This is not happy, clappy doom like some of the lesser spotted English proponents push out on sample CDs on the front of magazines. This is doom and sludge like Cathedral missed a down-tuning trick, as if Iommi's moustache grabbed the Gibson SG and dragged a minor chord from Satan's arse. Lonely Doom is for those nights when you're sitting looking up at the stars wondering when this misery will shift. It's cathartic, and its feckin' heavy. Buy one now, or regret it forever.
Bad Boat played a grand style of doom, the kind of rolling black conjuration more in line with Trouble, Candlemass, and Cathedral than Black Sabbath or Pentagram, and thus Lonely Doom contains all the full moon pomp of a motorcycle séance in a church cemetery; the title track bids, their cover of Spirit’s “Mechanical World” summons, “Lucky to Be Breathing” beckons, and “Uphill Struggle” convokes. Thanks to this release it’s not too late to hearken its wicked call.
released October 15, 2012