Radio Moscow – The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz
Picture this: Victor Frankenstein enters his dark laboratory with a head full of acid, the DNA of heavy blues based bands like Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the twisted musical insanity of Captain Beefheart. The Monster that would emerge from the electrified slab would be Radio Moscow and the tunes blasting from its unholy fingertips would be this album.
Over the course of two records (their self-titled debut and their superb stoner rock knockout Brain Cycles), Parker Griggs and Zach Anderson have forged a tripped-out landscape that has taken them to mainstream, if not hipster, appeal. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz firmly feeds from the teat of late sixties and seventies Nuggets comp forefathers, vocal effects and hallucinogens dripping from the speakers and the psychedelic, heavy, effects-driven guitar of Griggs will either win new converts to the Radio Moscow love-in or make some super stoned fans very happy. Either way, the platter’s a winner. – DANNY R. PHILLIPS