«Weird» is a fitting label for this really exceptional release, in many regards. Weird Tales are a trio from Warsaw who can first and foremost be described as stoner rock/doom band. It’s obvious that they aren’t interested in a record which deserves a label like «more of the same». Let’s take a look at its title, for instance: Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol‘ Son of a Bitchin‘ Blues. Well, it’s possible that I won’t be able to remember it next week but, in my opinion, it’s both quite cool and appropriate – because this EP is a cover album that pays tribute to early blues pioneers like Lonnie Johnson and Muddy Waters. I’m quite sure that I’ve never listened to such a record before – and after reading about this interesting fact I was really curious, of course.
Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol‘ Son of a Bitchin‘ Blues therefore provides nice stuff for blues and stoner rock/doom fans as well. But it’s also worthwhile for people who go generally for psychedelic rock. Especially the memorable vocal lines often remind me of Syd Barrett, the first mastermind of Pink Floyd who wrote most of the tracks on their legendary debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). They match perfectly with the fuzzy guitars that dominate this EP. Even if it doesn’t make sense to point out a highlight on this output, I want to draw your attention towards the second number called «Hard Time Killin‘ Floor Blues» (original version by Skip James, 1902-1969): It’s spooky, confusing and heavy as hell!
Weird Tales didn’t enter the studio to record songs that want to make you feel at ease. On the contrary, these arrangements of ancient blues classics have only one aim: They want to challenge you. Y’all Motherfuckers Forgot ‘Bout Good Ol‘ Son of a Bitchin‘ Blues sends you to another world – a gloomy place where there is a lot to discover. Maybe you have to face your deepest fears, your ugliest nightmares or simply the fact that you will never be in control of your disturbing life. Could a record be more up to date regarding the current situation on our planet? For me, it’s a perfect soundtrack for this damned Covid-era with all its uncertainties – in other words: these highly talented guys from Poland give us a relevant piece of art.
In summary, Weird Tales make music for aficionados who don’t care about trends or mad things like catchiness. People who are looking for something special – or rather «weird», so to say – are undoubtedly at the right place. This EP definitely has the potential to polarize – it won’t leave you indifferent when you check it out.