Visitations is the latest full-length from New England-based desert rock trio SUNDRIFTER. Slated to drop October 19th via Small Stone Recordings, the space the nine-track record captures isn’t of the Hawkwind, pulsating rhythm variety, but instead one that oozes with planetary motion; one that rolls along a chaotic cosmic path, not at all afraid to smash one asteroid off another before crashing to the surface, which, as we all know, is how life began in the first place.
In advance of its release, Echoes And Dust offers up “Lightworker” for communal delight at THIS LOCATION: https://www.echoesanddust.com/2018/10/exclusive-track-premiere-sundrifter/.
In a recent investigation of SUNDRIFTER’s Visitations, Indy Metal Vault hails, “a very bass immersed rock ‘n’ roll record with an ultra-thick atmosphere and doomy distortions,” adding, “the track arrangement, the excellent timing of when to introduce a rhythm section, the delivery, and the playing tactics make this a piece of gold that needs to be heard by anyone that’s into rock music or heavy metal alike.” Outlaws Of The Sun champions, “a must have album and one that you will be listening to for a very long time come.” Stoner King observes, “SUNDRIFTER… make no bones about their almost obsessive interests in space, time, and the existence of extra-terrestrial life, the band utilizing these interests as the foundations on which to build their songs and theme their albums… this year the band return to take us once again to the edges of our consciousness with their new release Visitations.” Adds Mammoth Tongue, “if Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age had a baby, its name would be SUNDRIFTER for sure… highly recommended to anyone getting into space rock or stoner rock; it’s got all of the key components.”
Born out of a Boston rock underground teeming with history and riffs alike, SUNDRIFTER captures the essence of tonal weight with their Small Stone debut, Visitations. Their second album overall behind 2016’s Not Coming Back, Visitations harnesses spaciousness and heft alike and soars with melodic vibrancy in a way most acts simply can’t balance. Shades of Soundgarden and Queens Of The Stone Age appear, but they’re just shades, and SUNDRIFTER’s vision of heavy is their own, someplace between grunge, doom, psychedelia, and classic heavy rock.
Craig Peura – guitars, vocals
Patrick Queenan – drums, percussion
Paul Gaughran – bass