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Albums Of The Week: Stöner | Boogie To Baja

The desert-rock supergroup cruise through a handful of fuzzy, low-slung jams.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “If the name Stöner seems a little on the nose, well… it is. Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri, founding members of the stoner-rock legend Kyuss, are joined again by drummer Ryan Güt (of Bjork’s solo band) and they’ve got dibs on the thick and dusty swinging grooves.

Stöner’s love for their early inspirations (bands like Blue Öyster Cult, Kiss, Ramones, Blue Cheer, Misfits, Black Flag, The Stooges, MC5) results in big, groovy, sunbaked riffs that can cruise low and slow but then floor it and run all the red lights. Live, this is a band about the magnetism between the players, the groove, the loose vibe and straight up badass rock ’n’ roll. Stöner are masters of their trade. Their world is a colorful joyride, heavy of rock but not of head. Their sound cranks the vibes of classic hard rock, heavy blues, desert rock and psych-rock jams — things that come organically to this trio. Stöner can’t help but express an abundance of punk rock rawness and passion with real rock ’n’ roll swagger.

Their new delivery Boogie To Baja features five tracks in the purest Stöner tradition, a perfect mix of desert swing, stoner rock and low desert punk all at once. With Bjork’s laid-back grooves, Oliveri’s unstoppable fire and Güt’s swagger and flair, this is once again a top-shelf record that will drive all fans of the stoner-rock veterans crazy. Boogie To Baja was produced by Yosef Sanborn and features appearances from Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, ex-Yawning Man) and Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, ex-Bad Religion).”