Year Long Disaster

Year Long Disaster

Year Long Disaster

Year Long Disaster


If Year Long Disaster had put out a record in 1994, they’d have been in the grunge canon alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. This L.A. trio play big, heavy, southern metal-flavored ROCK that is as drenched in the lush romanticism of late ’70s classic rock as it is in the under-the-bridge seediness of ’90s era Los Angeles. And the album artwork is great!

Singer/guitarist Daniel Davies sounds eerily like Chris Cornell (taken down half a register), and carries with him some legendary DNA. Davies is the son of a Kink, namely Dave Davies. Another noteworthy band member relationship – merely because it’s such an odd mix – revolves around drummer Brad Hargreaves. He was, unknown to Davies and bassist Rich Mullins, the drummer of Third Eye Blind before joining up with YLD. For the record, Hargreaves drum work in “Sapphire” alone redeems him of any prior Third Eye Blind sins. Further along in the realm wow, that’s bizarre!, Third Eye Blind once played The Kinks on the TV show “American Dreams!”

Year Long Disaster sound nothing like The Kinks or Third Eye Blind. They’re on Volcom’s label, so you know they’ve got their roots in skate punk, and they’ve toured with rock bands as eclectic as Clutch, Valient Thorr, The Sword, and Turbonegro. Like any band worth their weight in Jack Daniels, it all comes down to the music and the question of can they deliver?

One listen to “Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu,” “Leda Atomica” and “It Ain’t Luck” should easily answer that question for you in the affirmative. They even manage to pull off a slowed down 8-minute Zeppelin attempt in the form of “Swan on a Black Lake.”

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