Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus are:
Karl Apelmo: vocals, guitar
Micke Pettersson: guitar
Viktor Källgren: bass
Henke Persson: drums
Patrik Kolar: organs
Recorded at Puch Studios, Stockholm, Sweden.
Produced by Jeremy Irons & the Ratgang Malibus.
Recorded and mixed by Viktor Källgren.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI.
Artwork and illustrations: Sebastian Thomsson
Design by Rickard Lindblom and Micke Pettersson.
Photography by Rajdarn.
Published by Small Stone Records (ASCAP).
Lately there has been a resurgence in 70’s style rock and roll. The groovier, more atmospheric bands get classified as stoner rock, which works for me even though I don’t get high. One of the cool groups that I came across (in my mailbox, in the form of a review copy of their album) is Jeremy Irons and the Ratgang Malibus. They sound to my ears like a blissful mixture of Soundgarden at their grooviest and Pink Floyd, creating a terrific album of sunny day, top down, cruising music. Songs like Fog by the Steep, Sworn Collision and Deep Hardened Woods have grooves that would make a vinyl record envious. I’m not entirely sure what a Ratgang Malibu is but I am sure that this is a great batch of songs from a band with a future in the music industry.
- Jim Dodge
The opening track starts off with a mysterious tension, but explodes in something chaotic, heavy, psychedelic and intense, that makes me think of Lenny Wolf teaming up with The Drones, trying to reach a Neil Young kind of expression (including some great off-tune contributions). Music like this is certainly not suitable to the average listener; this probably will appeal to a small selective group of listeners. The length of the tracks are not really according to current standards also, containing spun-out parts, sudden changes and some true (psychedelic) outbursts. The production is pretty early seventies, just as the song material, which is obviously influenced by several kraut rock bands and Led Zeppelin. Because Im not that familiar with their previous material, I made a trip to YouTube to conclude the new release being slightly heavier. Still, on this latest album its not only a chaotic musical hurricane, the heavier stuff is neatly combined with variations of even ultimate laid-back parts. Some tracks which even seem to have resemblances with eternal easy rippling (pretty eastern) brooks, are a bit too much for even me. Despite my personal preference going towards the more solid stuff, I want to get my hands on some of their previous material; these guys sure know how to make some fine music!