Ragweed

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At Creative Control, we’re all about covering the unknown and unsigned. During my time here I’ve reviewed plenty of largely unnoticed musicians both domestic and foreign. For me personally, when it comes to those acts with the highest levels of obscurity, Ragweed takes the cake thus far.

You won’t find Ragweed’s music online, except for a few pieces here and there. These tracks are on a single release called Rust Box, which is due out on November 4th via Milky Bomb Records. The songs aren’t the Brighton, U.K. trio’s first, but you won’t find their previous album Parerga online either.

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The title track begins with a choppy riff. The fuzz pedal greatly aids the guitar distortion and the bass line comes in at eight seconds to make things a bit punchier. The vocals are coarse. There’s a strain in the singer’s voice when he shouts, this is especially noticeable during the chorus. There’s nothing pretty about this tune vocally or musically.

Some of the same tones on Rust Box can be heard on Up and Under. However, this one is catchier and more groove-driven than the previous song.  The Nirvana-esque guitar solo at 2:04 is the largest segregating factor between the two. Overall, only subtle differences are noticed when comparing both of them, nothing major or otherworldly.

The Rust Box single would be a good listen for fans of the heavier bands from the early ‘90s. Ragweed fits in more with cult-status groups such as Mudhoney, The Melvins, and Tad. Bands like that had a following but never needed the radio or an online presence. That already seems to be the case for Ragweed.

Note: A previous version of this article stated the release date as November 3rd. This has been corrected to November 4th.

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