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Arbouretum / Three Blind Wolves The Borderline, London
Article written by
Michael H - Aug 26, 2013
This double-bill delivered a meaty platter of rock in two contrasting servings. Three Blind Wolves tore through a set of heart-felt punchy songs, full of great tunes and emotion. Tight, but with plenty of slack, the songs twisted and turned; endearingly frayed edges only boosted their appeal. The twin guitar set-up allowed for some lovely interplay. Their sound was mainly a loose Americana, think Fleet Foxes or Local Natives, but minus the sunshine; the melodies laced with grit.
Arbouretum had strong songs too but melted them all under a psych-stoner-metal heat lamp. Punishing riffs often gave way to long meandering guitar solos that never failed to captivate. A rootsy country foundation underpinned the more melodic sections, complex guitar lines were twisted around the driving rhythm section and roaring amps; the band were an organic intertwined group-mind, neurons pulsating with electricity. Their heaviness was never just for its own sake, the volume caressed as much as it attacked. Arbouretum specialise in beautiful long tunes stretching out from a cocoon of psych-noise, what more could one want from their bearded becapped space-rockers.