Fraction - Moon Blood
Tapping the same wave of down-tuned, bleakly heavy, savage come-down psych that informed contemporary's like Black Sabbath or The Stooges, Fraction were a working-class band who would rehearse and record in the early morning hours before starting their day jobs. Beach himself describes those early days: "The guys met through various acquaintances that we had in L.A. All of us had been in bands before, but were seeking something with more teeth. We had a small studio in an industrial complex in North Hollywood and started practicing sometimes as early as 4 a.m. We all had day jobs, so we did what we could."
Thanks to that dedication, there is a spacious sort of loneliness at the heart of the noise they make. "Come Out of Her" is positively demonic, singer Jim Beach's ragged growl and unparalleled pained howls has been likened to Jim Morrison, and also gives influence nods to proto-everything, the Yardbirds (though lines from The Doors' 'LaMerica' pop up on the album) but there's a desperation and anxiety here that the hansom, wealthy son of a Navy senior officer never had. (fascinatingly enough, Beach cites the much punker 'Love' as his fave L.A. band over the Doors), while guitarist Don Swanson incorporates excessive wah-pedal and fuzzed out distortion to the limit. Swanson's blown-out fuzz riffs set a template for today's stoner metal.
On a strict budget, the five songs that made up the original release were recorded in one three hour session, with no overdubs or added effects. As Beach further states: "The Moon Blood recording took place at Whitney's studio in Glendale Ca. early in 1971. All of the tracks 'one-takes', all of us played simultaniously, no overdubbing or effects. Basically what you hear is 'old school' recording."
Akarma exact reissue in superb die-Cut cover. Mint unplayed