Charlie No Face - The Green Man: Review
There is nothing I like more than being able to shine a light on fairly new bands that are still under the radar but threaten to punch through at any minute. It's a fantastic feeling to find a new band or be pointed in the direction of a project that is just finding its feet, you have a listen and it speaks to you from the very first note. You know, at that moment, that you can embark on the band's journey almost in step with them and grow and evolve, developing what you hope will be a long-lived career.
Now that may seem like a flowery, almost romantic way to look at discovering a new a band that resonates with you but I'm sure you know what I mean. Charley No Face are such a band, for me. As it may be apparent to anyone who has read Metal Saves over the past year that fuzz and stoner vibes are right up my alley. I am a sucker for anything that sounds like it's been produced from an amp long past it's best, blasted tubes and smoke-filled rehearsal space, Charlie No Face are just that.
The band formed in 2019 when Nick Wulforst (Crook and the Bluff) teamed up with Brad Larson in Portland, Oregon. Sharing a passion for vintage gear and the blues and heavy music their project was born. Taking their name from a Pennsylvanian urban legend Raymond Robinson, known to locals as The Green Man or Charley No-Face. The two's mission was to create a new breed of grunge-inspired psych-rock was what the duo set out to achieve and Charley No Face's addictive sound was the result. With a baseline set, drummer Tim Abel and guitarist Stephen Cameron joined the band to complete the full complement, their addition only helping to fuel the creative fire
Heavy in places, covered in fuzz and distortion, their sound is a product of studying the likes of the mighty Sabbath (of course) and creating a colossal sound of grunge-inspired psych-rock. There are slow-burning blues solos such as that found on 'Gatekeeper' that goes hand in with the haunting vocals, then there's tripped out dreamscape of 'Prism', both excellent tracks early on in the record.
The energy is ramped up on 'Wasted Youth' which hits hard with's almost punk-like beat and desert bleached sound, reminiscent of early Kyuss in places. The album closes on two trippy numbers, 'Yellow Belly' and 'Master of Light'
This is not a release to overlook for any fans of old school psych and fuzz laid down in an old school way, the way it was meant to be. A true gem in its genre, The Green Man is out now via Forbidden Place Records