After romping around Montréal for a couple years, muffed-out guitar-'n'-drums duo Steve Jr was born into recorded history with a self-titled EP that swam out May 11 via Water Records. On the instrumental “Guru,” loud stoner rock buds Corbin Ordel and Gleb Wilson rev up the pace, with Ordel ripping away at the type of growling, incessant riff a fellow paying homage to the Melvins and Sleep with his t-shirts might favor. Meanwhile, Wilson, who also keeps time in Amen Dunes, crashes away at his cymbals as if fending off an onslaught of Dynasty Warriors. An old performance of “Guru” featuring a bleach-blond Ordel in a letterman jacket suggests Steve Jr keeps warm during unforgiving Québec winters by forgoing junior varsity sports to stoke the fires of classic rock worship. We know Steve Sr is proud. Et tu, Buzzo?
Steve Jr is out now on cassette at Water Records.