Wizard Rifle – Wizard Rifle

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Svart Records
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://svartrecords.com/product/wizard-rifle-album/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/wizardrifle/


Sam Ford
Max Dameron


1. Rocket to Hell
2. Caveman Waltz
3. Beneath the Spider
4. Funeral of the Sun
5. V


Wizard Rifle definitely sounds as though it should mean something lascivious. I’m not aware of it being a euphemism for anything, although surely there’s only one thing it could mean? “Hermione was impressed with the proportions of Harry’s Wizard Rifle”.

Maybe not…

I digress.

This duo comes from the Mecca for foodies and hippies that is Portland, Oregon, and whilst I’d not encountered them this side of the pond, they are relatively famous on their home turf, it seems. Started around 2009, this is the third full release from the outfit, and the first for about five years. They are clearly somewhat eccentric (the best sorts of people), and from what I can tell, this is authentic and not contrived merely for the sake of forming an identity. So all good so far.

Comments in their bio and on their Bandcamp comment on the vast differences in texture the pair manage to create. I’m paraphrasing. Special praise has to go to “Marshall Lochbaum” who comments “…one second they sound like two dudes playing energetic drums and fuzzy guitar, and the next they sound like a herd of elephants on hoverboards chasing you through a public library”. Quite!

It’s honestly quite unlike any other band I’ve heard, with some punky sorts of elements on tracks like ‘Rocket to Hell’, some thrashy like on ‘Funeral of the Sun’, some elements that morph from psychedelic in ‘Beneath the Spider’ that then changes to a highly melodic and technical piece.

I’ll be blunt, in that some of it isn’t exactly to my taste, just like strawberry ice cream isn’t what I’d normally choose, but makes a happy change sometimes. This is intellectual, different, and as stated above, the variety of sounds these two make are astonishing. Worth a checking out.