SOFY MAJOR / MEMBRANE: Split: LP

Both of these bands are from France, and I had never heard of either of them and don’t know how well they’re known in Europe. I do know that it took me a second to get into Sofy Major, but when it clicked I was hooked. They remind me a lot of SST-era Soundgarden, but with more modern stoner leanings. Their guitar tone is excellent and the recording sounds really polished and commercial. That aspect sort of irks me at certain points, but they’re doing what they’re doing so well that I can look past it. Membrane are sort of a less chaotic version of Anodyne. Their side tends to get overly drone-y. I get it, but it just doesn’t pull me in like I wish it would. No matter, the Sofy Major side is worth it alone.

 –Ian Wise (Bigout, bigoutrecords.free.fr)