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Saturna Garner Rave Review From UK September 27, 2007

Posted by Ryan in Saturna, Some Delicious Enemy.


Saturna are pleased that UK magazine The Plastic Ashtray have posted a rave review of Some Delicious Enemy on thier site.  Pete Stanley compares Saturna to Primal Scream, Autolux, The Warlocks and more, calling the record, “A diverse, powerful & elegant debut by a band who are quite simply brilliant.”  Check out the whole review here:

Saturna are a US based band from Portland, Oregon. This, their debut album shows everything they have offer and much more, giving you the feeling the world is really missing out on a great band. Almost unknown in the UK, this ten track LP goes through every emotion, triumphing with loud anthemic nu-shoe gaze (maybe that genre will catch on!). First track ‘Roll On’ falls somewhere between bands like Autolux & The Warlocks & makes use of some epic guitar playing last seen by England’s long lost Mansun. Their guitarist mimicking the drawn out euphoria Chad gave the Chester rockers in the mid 90’s.Second track ‘Fall’ is grinding & dirty yet the super slick shiny production gives it a poppy & appealing flavour. The Cubase style studio trickery gives this band a real edge alongside the skipping drum machine style sounds (which play simultaneously with Matt Badger’s live drums). ‘Pop Rocks’ has a Primal Scream style strut, which could even be cheeky nod to Bobby Gillespie & his mob. Grinding chords and swaggering rhythms recall Oasis in their prime or The Stones pre wrinkles. The band have a good feel with ‘Some Delicious Enemy’. There’s a real sense of attitude & style. There seems to feel like there’s a gamut of British influence on the Portland band as they stomp through glam, Shoe gaze and Britpop.

Songs like ‘Springboard’ have an almost U2 Zooropa pomp to them with the anthemic guitar bursts and spikey yet slick guitars. ‘Just For Thrills’ brings things back down for some good old heavy, thundering guitar explosions. Think Jesus & Mary Chain style fuzz attack meets Dandy Warhols style pop & indie chic. Saturna really have some great sounds going on here. Their influences are almost on their sleeves but they are so diverse and used in such an educated way you can’t help but feel like you’re listening to the next big thing.
Saturna are a band of real substance. Their brand of early 90’s euphoria rock ticks all the right boxes in terms of cool but their sheer power in song writing is breath taking. ‘Some Delicious Enemy’ is a diverse, powerful & elegant debut by a band who are quite simply brilliant. Buy it, play it, love it, repeat…….

Pete Stanley




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