Originally self-released in Portugal, 2010 Lovers & Lollypops, in a hand-numbered edition of 300
Long out of print heavy-psych monster available once again, domestically reissued on Permanent!
Killer Press & Reviews of Black Bombaim's
"Saturdays and Space Travels":
"Barcelos, Portugal’s Black Bombaim might actually be time travellers from the 1970’s. Their first full-length, the aptly titled “Saturdays and Space Travels”, is an ultra-psychedelic instrumental jam rock record with heavy stoner rock tinges. Rather than individual singular songs, the album touts only a “Side A” and “Side B”, each clocking in at exactly nineteen minutes and forty-seven seconds. Each side is an extensive landscape of sound, meandering through hefty riffs and hallucinogenic modulations, stopping for nothing as they play, seamlessly moving from part to part without any clunky or misplaced transitions. In typical stoner rock fashion, the guitar tone is drenched in reverb and other assorted pedal effects, the bass is heavily distorted, and the drumming is all over the place. I’m not really into stoner rock, and I don’t pretend to be, but something about Black Bombaim really intrigued me. The music is completely instrumental – think early Black Sabbath without Ozzy having a bastard child with Earthless that’s hooked on some dirty drugs hanging out with Torche. There is definitely an unmistakable heaviness to the band (albeit not as much as their peers), so the record isn’t something you can necessarily take a nap while listening to, but I found myself really zoning out and letting myself get engulfed in both tracks. Apparently, from what I’ve read, the band recorded both tracks entirely live, which is impressive because the playing is literally flawless.
Since there aren’t specific tracks to go through and analyze (and to scrutinize each part of both tracks would probably be missing the point of their extensiveness, anyway), I’ll just say this – Side A is a snaky psychedelic riff machine, while Side B is a good amount slower, and noticeably sludgier with even more of said stoner rock influence. While Side A is chiefly dependent on repetition of groove and inventive riffing, Side B takes even more of a psychedelic turn, making special use of extensive soloing and downtempo heavy parts. The end of Side B is especially trippy, with a harsh, down-strummed pattern being played behind a pulsating, effect saturated solo that hovers between loud and soft, slow and fast. Like I previously stated, Black Bombaim’s sound is unique, at least in this day and age, to their genre, simply because the heaviness that comes along with it is more of an understatement than an integral part of the music. It’s almost as if this heaviness is an organic occurrence that just happened to naturally manifest itself through their songwriting. I got lost in the event of each track, that’s for sure – but not enough to miss what was actually happening. Whereas in a genre of music like, say, post-rock, the listener spaces out enough to enter a cathartic lull, Black Bombaim’s music allows you enough room to enter a fog, but its nature also demands your attention, creating a strange, but cool, disparity. The band’s real magic comes not from one element, but simply the entangling of all their playing and influence, coming together to create a real experience of a record."
(Joe Vena, StereoKiller.com)
"Can a power trio change a city in 2010? Can a band in these times of doubt and uncertainty drag others from the comfort of their couches (and TV Parties of this world) into the chaos of stages run by infernal riffs? The answer is, probably yes. Black Bombaim have done more for Barcelos in the last years than its local symbol, the Rooster has done in decades of history, and now, with “Saturdays and Space Travels” they write their name with golden letters in an imaginary wall, the same wall that has the name of all that make Rock an unpredictable and more exciting universe. Everyone knew that on stage, Black Bombaim were an explosive cocktail of demonic riffs and powerful hooks; what they didn’t knew was, even though after a promising debut EP, these guys from Barcelos would be able to confine in vinyl such a stoner and psychedelic discharge. From side A to side B there’s no time to breathe. There’s only time to pick up the shrapnel of unforeseeable explorations; where Ron Asheton and the Stooges take to the limit the chaos from the final disorder of “T.V. Eye”, where the Rock frees itself from decades and decades of rules and conventions. Can that way a power trio change a city in 2010? We don’t know, but we’re thrilled to get there, ridden by forbidden riffs and eternal feedback." (Del seu myspace)
"Turn on, tune in, drop out... Bombay in India, Black Bombaim in the desert. Jack Daniel’s empty bottle on stage. This is the set.
The band everyone tries to find a lead singer. “Everyone”... are those who don’t free themselves from the musical boundaries and don’t understand the concept of an instrumental band.
This is the band that possesses a unique vision that no one seems to understand and with the kind of music that, in Portugal, few are the ones who do it, and fewer, the ones who executed it this way. This is what makes them different: from the common bands we see so often out there. But back to the point...
No one knows where this is gonna get and if there will be a tomorrow. If the acidity will keep going or if a bass line will lead the way through a path loosely swung at the bottom of the bottom. This is what pleases me, this kind of unpredictability in a band.
Where the next step can be an Earthless-like elliptic drone; or a guitar rip Atomic Bitchwax style; or even an atmospheric guitar wandering on a celestial space of Comets on Fire, where there’s chaos and explosion effects that are yet to happen. This is what pleases me, to find out where the limits of sound are.
This is what so many San Francisco bands are doing for years, and it’s in them – in part – that this one inspires itself. All this scene of psychedelic rock that is gaining international underground attention as each day goes by. It’s this more actual side that merges with the past present of stoner-rock. This is the first structure in the sound dissection of Black Bombaim... a jam session between two short stories." (TheSirensSound.com)
"Black Bombaim is the most notable band to come out of Portugal to grace the stoner rock scene.
Barcelos, the small Portuguese market town, where the trio of Ricardo (guitar), Senra (drums) and Tojo (bass) homed their craft, is more widely recognized for its famous pottery and the Barcelos Cockerel than it is for its blistering heavy heathen onslaught.
‘Saturdays and Space Travels’ the bands first full length, vinyl only double sided LP release, clocks in at 39 minutes and 24 seconds however, instead of being comprised as individual tracks, the release is instead made up of two separate instrumental, hard-hitting blistering licks, that have been locked in a cage of ear-shattering feedback.
‘Side A’, at 19 minutes and 47 seconds (as is ‘Side B’) sees the trio unleash their complex sound upon the listener. Beginning with a hazy, wall of sound, made famous by 60’s space-rock icons Hawkwind, the track gradually builds into a trance-inducing, repetitive and sluggish metal ascendancy, with the occasional trip into space.
While ‘Side B’ continues to be more of the same, due to the length of both individual tracks it may be advised to be listened to in broken down segments rather than in one fail swoop.
That said, the blend of sluggish metal and hazy space-rock works well and with this release Black Bombaim have set down the marker for fellow Portuguese stoner rock band to beat." (ChybuccaSounds.com)
RIYL: Earthless, Sleep, Black Sabbath, The Heads, Hendrix, Comets On Fire, Atomic Bitchwax, Harsh Toke, GNOD, Colour Haze, Kyuss, Hawkwind, releases found on Cardinal Fuzz, Tee Pee Records, & Fuzz Club