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Classic Album Review: Ché | Sounds of Liberation

Desert-rock vet Brant Bjork takes a few scenic detours with his latest ensemble.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


A new Latin pop star, maybe? Perhaps a leftist Cuban folk ensemble? Not on your life, dude.

This Ché are a riff-rock outfit from L.A. led by Brant Bjork, drummer for stoner-rock outfits such as Kyuss and Fu Manchu. On this 35-minute mini-album he follows in the tradition of Dave Grohl, strapping on an axe and stepping up to the mic. For the most part, Bjork travels the same dusty trail of ’70s blooz-rock as his other bands, but he does take a few scenic detours here and there. Opener Hydraulicks and the title cut are hard-grooving blasts of Thin Lizzy wah-wah rock; The Knife is a stabbing slice of Stooges-style primitivism; Blue Demon’s drawled harmonies and bong-fuelled boogie contain flashes of Southern metal. Ché might not be king of the road, but they’re definitely on the right track.