"Dali's Llama last offering "Full On Dunes" is groovy,psychedelic,Fuzzed out Stoner Rock at its best.Produced by Scott Reeder who also plays on a couple of tracks,this is cruising down the highway desert rock.The opening 2 tracks "On Dunes" and "Can't Catch Me" have all the riff rocking swagger of Kyuss and Fu Manchu but with a unique feel of their own.While they have the all the trademarks of a 70's hard rock like a James Gang they have enough of thier own thing going to make them stand out from the pack.In a world where Stoner Rock seems to be getting a little stale it is refreshing to hear a band play with such heart.Listen to the powerhouse of "King Platypus" you will see this band has the riffs and the groove that so many other desert rockers are lacking at the moment.Other highlights for me is "Smoke Tree" and "Desert Dogs" which are other riff driven examples of what this band is capable of.Special mention must go to the solo's which are nothing short of excellent.The only odd one of the bunch is "Cheap And Portable" which is a short blues interlude that still fits in nicely with the rest of the album.The album is shortish,only 35 minutes which leaves you hanging for more.Production on this album is awesome also,plenty of crunch.This is a great album which begs the question why isnt this band already Stoner,Desert Rock legends,i think in time this will happen.Buy it...."
"Okay. Fact is this: There was just about no way I was going to approach this album with anything even closely resembling objectivity after a first listen confirmed the track "King Platypus" was indeed about what the title advertised. So Dali's Llama is a desert rock trio from Palm Springs produced by Scott Reeder (The Obsessed, Kyuss, Goatsnake, etc.) who are actually singing about protecting the habitat of wild platipi? "Leave king platypus alone." Fuckin' sold — what else ya got?
"Zach Huskey and Dali's Llama are a tad heavier this time around judging by the voluminous FULL ON DUNES. Once again boasting special guest appearances (this time featuring the likes of Mario Lalli and album producer Scott Reeder), this nine-track excursion drives harder than previous releases, as cuts like the fun and fuzzy "Full On" rocks and "Smoke Tree" rip through the speakers with Alice In Chains-esque intensity while "Floating" exhibits this trio's ability to launch itself deep out of the orbit. As much as this batch of tunes bite, the overall feel of this disc also resonates with the looseness of old friends playing around the campfire, most noticeably on cuts like "Cheap and Portable." Acting as a sidebar to Desert Sessions of sorts while functioning as a full-time project, Dali's Llama provides an outlet for worshippers of the movement to get their kicks."
"Una verdadera sorpresa y un honor. Esta excelente producción me llegó de absoluto improviso, sin pedir ni creer en la remota posibilidad de conseguirlo, pero he aquí, sonando. Dali’s Llama y su ultimo larga duración, “Full On Dunes”. 9 cortes del mejor stoner rock psicodélico del último tiempo, y como no!!!, si cuenta con la increíble producción del “amigo latino” Scott Reeder, de los dioses Kyuss/Goatsnake. Imaginen, ¿pueden?, ¿cierto? Para los que no están al tanto, una idea: mezcla Kyuss, Yawning Man, Colour Haze, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, su toque Nirvana/Melvins, drogas al por mayor, etc, y échalas en una licuadora… uffffff!!!!, que viaje no!!! Eso es Dali’s Llama, un excelente viaje. Desde el primer corte, “On Dunes”, hasta el último, “Aqua-Fuzz”, deliciosas melodías en estilo jam intenso, pero ojo… no es tan sólo jam, son temas bien estructurados que denotan trabajo y compromiso. La banda la componen Zach Huskey, líder de le impulsor del sello Dali’s Llama Records; Erica Huskey y Jeff Howe. Participan, de manera extraordinaria, los siguientes personajes: Mario Lalli (Gallery of Mites, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man), el mismísimo Scott Reeder (sí señores!!!), Sean Wheeler y Joe Dillon. Con un artwork que mezcla el desierto/autos con imágenes del oriente indio, Dali’s Llama se hace notar. Por info. y mercancías varias ingresen a www.dalisllamarecords.com o www.myspace.com/dalisllama."
- Hugo Franco, SLOWBURN.CL
"Fucking toad fulla red wine and buckshot rock is what everyone says. Well... I will concur BUT amend Dali's Llama never get boring and beat you over the head with stupe via dullish boogie, they beat you with classic Chuck Berry tuck-the-pinky-in via slurried desert blues abstracted from the sensible space between Thin White Rope and Kyuss. Their "boogie" is chopped and channeled with a tension/release akin to the great early '70s Brit blues-rock stuff; The Groundhogs, The Edgar Broughton Band, Savoy Brown, Free with thee, uh, relaxed approach of AY-CE-fucking-DEE-fucking-CEE in '76 pork roast mode. It ain't all frenzy folks, it's got the swagger Kiss touched during "God of Thunder" and Grand Funk 'n' The James Gang groped a dozen times during many a prom, all cut with a grit-in-the-eye sensibility. The grin that knows "Hey, it's all sweat and jizz 'til someone has to pay child support." Damn.
- Craig Regala, LOLLIPOP.com
"Dali's Llama have kicked it up a notch. Their last album was good. "Full on Dunes" is even better. Groovy and psychedelic baby! Dali's Llama has concocted a flavor of its own, which is a good thing in a stoner rock scene that's starting to seem a tad glutted to me. Song constructions are diverse, with rockier tunes giving way to slower progressions (though no descent into attention-challenging drone). Flowing, wicked grooves that make the neck and head move! There's tons more artistic poetry in their music than in that last phrase of mine! A sense of fun and a little cutting attitude.
- Upchuck Undergrind, CORAZINE.com
"FULL ON DUNES is a big surprise! I haven't heard so far from that band (but they released 6 CDs so far), but I was impressed from the first second. The album got produced by Scott Reeder from the mighty KYUSS and the sound is awesome! The record features special guest appearances by Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Desert Sessions, Yawning Man, great guitars especially on CHEAP AND PORTABLE), Capt. Sean Wheeler ( Throw Rag, Charley Horse, Sun Trash), Joe Dillon (Hot Beat Pussy Fiend) and Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed, Goatsnake). Starting with the mighty ON DUNES, which will blow you away with a mighty groove. The songs are heavier as the old material (note from the info-sheet) and the new drummer Jeff provides a solid driving rhythm. Maybe that is the point of the heavier and more groovy material. Songs like the mentioned ON DUNES, CAN'T CATCH ME (in my eyes the highlight on the record, including Mario Lallis guitar again and Scott Reeders bass solo) or the relaxed CHEAP AND PORTABLE are in the same league as CHE or MASTERS OF REALITY. This is true sounding southern California desert rock with great fuzz guitars. The mighty FLOATING starts with a ALICE IN CHAINS like riff and turns into a great smoothie song. I think this nine energetic songs are a must have for all Stoner / Desert / Fuzz Rock fans and I think the heaviest and fastest record from Zach Huskey (guitar, vocals) and Erica Huskey (bass) (plus the new drummer Jeff Howe). GET IT!
- Jochen, DAREDEVILRECORDS.de
"Dali's Llama have the perfect knack of describing their albums - just read the title! Last year's Sweet Sludge was indeed beautiful sweet sludge, and this year's new release "Full On Dunes" is indeed full on! In their own description Dali's say "Heavier, thicker and faster songs than on our last cd" and I would totally agree, adding that Full On Dunes has much more light and shade than Sweet Sludge with surprises around every corner. If you like your rock full of riffing mayhem and beautiful slabs of heavy thundering bass (the sort of stuff Lemmy would be proud of) then this is the album for you!
- MotorMoby, LASTFM.com
"While Dali Llama's last offering, 2007's Sweet Sludge, had its fans, I wasn't among them. I eventually found some gems (three of 'em, according to my review), but let's be blunt - straightforward rock isn't the type of music that should require in-depth listening. It's gotta get up and go from the get-go, not require you to sit around and wait for something to grab you.
- John Pegoraro, STONERROCK.com
"Husband and wife team Zach and Erica Huskey are the epitome of do-it-yourself rock and rollers. Pounding out a monstrous, riff-heavy mound of desert sludge over a career that already spans 7 CD's, Dali's Llama new disc Full on Dunes is just what the title describes; a full on assault of sludgy, desert riff madness, stoner rock and roll. Produced by Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed, Goatsnake) who also lends his prodigious bass to several tracks, this is a speaker blasting fest of organic, fuzzed out heavy psychedelic rock.
- Racer X, RIPPLEMUSIC.BLOGSPOT.com
"A year ago I got a review copy of the previous Dali's Llama CD called Sweet Sludge and I liked it very much but this time this band that plays dirty and heavy desert rock has surpassed my expectations. I have some difficulties trying to label them, but their music has elements from at least heavy rock, The Obsessed styled doom, punk, grunge and stoner/desert rock. Most of the tracks rock hard in mid-tempo. There is also one minimal Southern blues number called "Desert Dogs" that also has acoustic guitar.
- DJ Astro, PSYCHOTROPIC ZONE
"Being an artist is partially about the struggle to expose one's own guts to an indifferent public. Authentic recognition is never immediate, for worthy artists dwelling in obscurity will be a hopefully passing phase on the road to attention. Luck plays a big part of this process, but so does having a relentless attitude and great creativity. Not many underground musicians know this as well as California's Zach Huskey, who has been writing poetry and putting out albums with his band Dali's Llama since the mid/early 90's. I am totally unfamiliar with any of the five albums that precede 2007's Sweet Sludge but from what I read, especially their first couple of releases, have a distant sound to the earthly stoner rock of today's Dali's Llama.
"The fuzzed-out guitars with more than a touch of a BLACK SABBATH influence lands three-piece band DALI'S LLAMA's firmly in the stoner rock category. The vocals are often reminiscent of Layne Stayley, but the music on "Full On Dunes" is for the most part far heavier than anything ALICE IN CHAINS ever released. The spoken-word section of "King Platypus" has a similar feel to the intro to MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" and then a grooving fuzzed-out rockin' heaviness kicks in. "Cheap and Portable" slows the tempo down with a JOHN FOGERTY sort of sound. "Floating" continues in a mellower vein with a laid-back ALICE IN CHAINS vibe. Then the band picks up the heaviness again in the final songs. Oddly this album seems to end sort of abruptly, despite the 4-minutes of stoner groove in closer "Aqua-fuzz". Maybe it's just an odd choice for a final song, who knows?
- Carr, PEACEDOGMAN.com
"With the modern revival of heavy psychedelic movement, with it's heavily produced and textured layers, it's easy to forget that the original movement didn't go for all the studio tricks you see today. Back in the days of Black Sabbath, the psychedelic haze of their music wasn't pretty. It was a blunt instrument of guitar sludge. California's Dali's Llama get that and their music is heavily influenced by the heavier end of 70s rock and, to a lesser extent, the stoner rock movement of the 90s. In fact, the band features ex-Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder on several tracks. While this band doesn't break much in the way of new ground, their sound is very refreshing when compared to the more proggy end of psychedelic rock so prominent in music right now. These guys sound so dirty, it sounds like they would take The Mars Volta out into back alley and punch their teeth in, biker style. Think less Black Mountain, more Black Oak Arkansas and you get the idea. They've got the sound down so well, you can almost forgive them for the hokey band name."
- Steve Marlow, EARSHOT-ONLINE.com
"The starting point of Dali's Llama music can be found in the southern stoner blues rock genre played by Masters Of Reality, ZZ Top, Clutch and Kyuss and also in the savage punishing sonic assaults of Melvins and Totimoshi.
- Cosmicmasseur, CONCRETEWEB.be
"Here is another album full of top-notch stoner/desert rock from this great band. This is some of the best of this style in a decade! Unsurprisingly, people are taking notice, as this features guest spots from Scott Reeder of Kyuss as well as folks from Fatso Jetson and Throw Rag. Nine songs of heavy rock with perfect production, great vocals, and killer vibe. It is not likely to get better than this. Fans of Unida/Kyuss/Nebula/Fu Manchu: meet your new favorite band."
- Mike Frame, RAZORCAKE.org
Heavier, thicker and faster songs than on our last cd "Sweet Sludge", "Full On Dunes" offers nine new energetic tunes that blend our desert punk and heavy rock roots. As usual, every song features Zach's forever devotion to the riff.
Three songs from "Full On Dunes" will be featured in the new movie "Shoot The Hero" starring Jason Mewes (Clerks/Zack and Miri Make a Porno), Danny Trejo (Con Air/Heat) and Nick Turturro (Mo Better Blues/The Longest Yard). The movie is about a 30-something couple who unintentionally become involved in a botched jewel heist while shopping for wedding rings. The plot thickens when the crooked casino owner who engineered the heist hires two unassuming hit men to clean up the mess, and the soon-to-be husband and wife find themselves discovering new things about themselves and their relationship. The movie features the songs "Floating", "On Dunes" and "Cheap and Portable".
Check out the movie website for more info: www.shootthehero.com
Zach Huskey - guitar & vocals · Erica Huskey - bass standard & bowed electric · Jeff Howe - drums & percussion
Special Guests (between Jeff & Zach from left to right):
Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed Goatsnake) - bass
Capt. Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag, Charley Horse, Sun Trash) - vocals
Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Desert Sessions) - guitar & spoken word
Joe Dillon (Hot Beat Pussy Fiend) - guitar, vocals & lap steel
"Full On Dunes" cd and/or MP3 digital download are available for purchase through CD Baby