Litmus - You Are Here. 2004 private
Litmus - Planetfall. 2007 Rise Above. CD and LP
Litmus - Aurora. 2009 Rise Above. CD and LP
Litmus - Slaughterbahn. 2012 private. CD and LP
"You Are Here": Blazing out of the gates with a monolithic guitar riff, twee-twee-twee Moog knob twiddles, and a neanderthal 4/4 rhythm, I was immediately reminded of those 90s aggressive festival rockers Omnia Opera, minus any of their Floydian cosmic buildups. Or, of course, I could have mentioned the real inspiration at work here – which would be primo early 70s era Hawkwind, if Lemmy ran the band that is. They put the “B” in subtle, and pulverize most of the songs right through the wall. The keyboardist is the same gentleman who runs the excellent Planet Mellotron site, and so no surprise the mellotron gets more than its share of studio time. Though good luck in hearing it over the racket. I like my space rock a bit more cosmic and trippy me-self, but OK, that’s not their bag.
Continuing on from "You Are Here", Litmus ups the intensity level on "Planetfall". Once again, Litmus trades in on the Hawkwind meets Omnia Opera market, though this time everything gets the "turned up to 11" treatment. 75 minutes of brain blasting fun. Hard rock thrash, aimless wah wah solos, Moog tweets, mellotron interludes, and monotone vocals. It's sooooo English spacerock. Not sure there's anywhere else Litmus can go with this concept - they've exhausted the possibilities of the style.
And, as mentioned above, the reviews of the next two imply a similar experience. I haven't ventured beyond "Planetfall ", but if I see them cheap, I'll pick 'em up and add them here.