Release Date: Aug 31, 2010
Record label: Teepee Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Psychedelic/Garage
Building on their debut's successful formula, Toronto's Quest for Fire have released another trippy psych gem. There's no doubt most of these tunes were built out of jams, but they're far from formless or haphazard. Given the slow tempos and ethereal vocals, the album washes over you, though careful listens reveal extra layers of texture rising from the mist.
Lights from Paradise is the second full-length from Toronto-based fuzz-rockers Quest for Fire, and it’s a great record. Harkening back to the grand old days of rock ‘n’ roll bombast, it manages to be that rarest of critters: an album that sounds instantly accessible and comfortable, yet is filled with enough surprises to reward repeat listenings. Oh and it rocks.
The term "stoner rock" has always been something of a misnomer, since its basic tenets-- tremorous heaviosity, locked-groove repetition-- require more concentration and physical exertion than your average wake-and-baker could muster. (Never mind the fact that its most prominent mouthpieces-- Kyuss' John Garcia, Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf-- sounded like they'd rather start a bar brawl than smoke a bowl. ) Upon their 2007 formation, Toronto's Quest for Fire were quickly stamped with the stoner-rock tag, no thanks to their longstanding association with Black Mountain (QFF singer/guitarist Chad Ross was once their roadie) and their signing to Tee Pee Records, a long-time facilitator of fellow wah-wah-pedal abusers.
If you're looking for a good rock track to provide inspiration for you to kick off your next gym workout, be forewarned -- "The Greatest Hits by God" from Quest for Fire's sophomore effort, Lights from Paradise, is not exactly a prime candidate. That's not to say it doesn't have its merits, just that the group's "psychedelic symphonic" direction on the album opener evolves at a snail's pace. But Quest for Fire do manage to shift gears shortly thereafter, resulting in an album (their second overall) that seems to alternate between slower material and uptempo psychedelic rock.