Homespun: Lung Dust 

Lung Dust (self-released)

When it comes down to it, most forms of music hinge on the strength of a riff (or a hook, or a vamp, depending on the genre). And Lung Dust is full of riffs — some reminiscent of metal, others like stoner rock, but most simple and satisfying enough to work their way into your head. Lung Dust isn't interested in mind-blowing, technically stunning runs on the fretboard. (And who is, aside from Steve Vai acolytes?) Instead, it opts for muddy, sludgy jams that can be downright minimalist in their repetitiveness. Band members Dustin, Gunnar and Ben (first names only, please) are a tight power trio; there are a few rhythmic hiccups on the album, but nothing to disrupt the fuzzy haze of these heavy tracks.

Singer and guitarist Ben has the requisite rock-dude pipes — but he's also a versatile-enough vocalist to display a full-throated growl in some places or add a clean vocal sheen to other tracks. "Go Hide" is the standout of the ten songs here, a thrasher that demonstrates the band's quick timing and Ben's convincing, assured delivery. The album ends with a cover of Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog," which maintains the heaviness of the rest of the disc but also shows the bandmates at their most playful, as they bat around the blues classic. "Walking the Dog" may seem like a strange bedfellow for a hard-rock band, but the guys in Lung Dust know a good riff when they hear it.

— Christian Schaeffer

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