The Queen is Not Impressed
Label: Small Stone Records Co.
Obsessed with heavenly bodies here and deep into the galaxy, this Connecticut four-piece passes off grunge as stoner-rock. But they do it with exuberant wit and a super-sweet harmony-hook sensibility that can suggest a heavier Urge Overkill, or even, in the astoundingly catchy "The Queen Is Not Impressed" (one of three songs in which the album title’s moon queen appears), '70s school-parking-lot pop-rockers Earth Quake. Add sex ("Touch Your Groove"), psych, speedy old metal, a race riot called "Dirty Driving" and a Zeppish Iron and Wine cover, and the Soundgardeny parts get easier to forgive.