Chicago trio, Geronimo!, create an amalgam of riff-rock, alternative, metal, and indie-rock that borrows heavily from the dynamic, classic rock of the 70′s mixed with the brawny attitude of 90′s alternative rock.
This self-released, full-length debut is at times a sonically dense mixture of Black Sabbath-like guitar fuzz with maniacal rhythms, frenzied bass licks and scorching guitar solos, similar also to Comets On Fire, that will crackle your speakers and make your ears blister. But rather than an all-out sonic assault, the dynamic rhythms are both thrashing and catchy and are occasionally tempered with slightly slower and more mellow passages that allow for some exploratory space-rock that parallels Radiohead. When they slow down, open up the arrangements and concentrate on songcraft, Geronimo! concoct a fine brew of spacious and melodic space-rock.
But having all the right tools doesn’t guarantee you’ll build something great. The generic vocals, while actually not bad, aren’t good enough to draw people in or provide the emotional attraction this type of music needs, leaving the music to fend for itself.
And while the music is certainly stout and entertaining enough, with energetic tempos and propulsive, precision guitar work and drumming to match, there is a lack of emotional depth that leaves the listener without a yearning for repeated plays. But Fuzzy Dreams is a decent foundation to expand upon and is worth a try if you like roaring guitar rock.