Stratus Nimbus Stratus Nimbus Review





Stratus Nimbus are the brainchild of
Arizonian brothers
Doug and
Dan Dowd who together with a loose collective of friends and associates have just released their first full length album ”
Stratus Nimbus” on
Stone Groove Records.

The album break down of musical contributions is quite complicated with
Doug Dowd handling the drums and vocals on all six tracks and brother
Dan holding down rhythm guitar on tracks 1,2,4,5 & 6 and lead on tracks 1 & 4 with the rest of the contributions going like this..
Tom Goddard: lead guitar (tracks 2 & 5),
Fabrizio Monni: rhythm guitar (track 3),
Colin Ragan: lead guitar (tracks 3 & 6),
Tom Davies: bass (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6) and
Luke “Canada” Shelley: bass (track 4). With such a mix and match collection of musicians one might expect ”
Stratus Nimbus” to be a slightly disjointed affair but in fact the diversity of musical approaches within each song actually works in the bands favour.


Equality” opens the album, its heavily phased riff sitting atop a strident desert groove creating a spacey
Hawkwind like vibe over which
Doug Dowd weaves equally heavily phased clean vocals . ”
Can’t Break Free” and ”
A Walk In The Dark” muddies the waters somewhat by adding elements of doom and heavy psych into proceedings with the latter also sprinkling healthy doses of bluesy guitar colouring into the mix. ”
Galaxy Girl” ramps up the psych and has an almost 60’s style vocal melody, albeit a heavily treated one, and leads into the dark swirling stoner/psych ”
You Take” a diatribe on a complicated relationship with very dark lyrical content. ”
Rain Jam” closes the album with a delightfully spacey, psych drenched groovathon sprinkled with
Fu Manchu/Nebula type skate punk/garage vocals.

If your a fan of heavy psych who likes their grooves swathed in warm fuzz and distortion and have a penchant for phased, hazy vocals then you’ve just found your next favourite band.

Check ’em out






Stratus Nimbus are the brainchild of
Arizonian brothers
Doug and
Dan Dowd who together with a loose collective of friends and associates have just released their first full length album ”
Stratus Nimbus” on
Stone Groove Records.

The album break down of musical contributions is quite complicated with
Doug Dowd handling the drums and vocals on all six tracks and brother
Dan holding down rhythm guitar on tracks 1,2,4,5 & 6 and lead on tracks 1 & 4 with the rest of the contributions going like this..
Tom Goddard: lead guitar (tracks 2 & 5),
Fabrizio Monni: rhythm guitar (track 3),
Colin Ragan: lead guitar (tracks 3 & 6),
Tom Davies: bass (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6) and
Luke “Canada” Shelley: bass (track 4). With such a mix and match collection of musicians one might expect ”
Stratus Nimbus” to be a slightly disjointed affair but in fact the diversity of musical approaches within each song actually works in the bands favour.


Equality” opens the album, its heavily phased riff sitting atop a strident desert groove creating a spacey
Hawkwind like vibe over which
Doug Dowd weaves equally heavily phased clean vocals . ”
Can’t Break Free” and ”
A Walk In The Dark” muddies the waters somewhat by adding elements of doom and heavy psych into proceedings with the latter also sprinkling healthy doses of bluesy guitar colouring into the mix. ”
Galaxy Girl” ramps up the psych and has an almost 60’s style vocal melody, albeit a heavily treated one, and leads into the dark swirling stoner/psych ”
You Take” a diatribe on a complicated relationship with very dark lyrical content. ”
Rain Jam” closes the album with a delightfully spacey, psych drenched groovathon sprinkled with
Fu Manchu/Nebula type skate punk/garage vocals.

If your a fan of heavy psych who likes their grooves swathed in warm fuzz and distortion and have a penchant for phased, hazy vocals then you’ve just found your next favourite band.

Check ’em out




Stratus Nimbus are the brainchild of
Arizonian brothers
Doug and
Dan Dowd who together with a loose collective of friends and associates have just released their first full length album ”
Stratus Nimbus” on
Stone Groove Records.

The album break down of musical contributions is quite complicated with
Doug Dowd handling the drums and vocals on all six tracks and brother
Dan holding down rhythm guitar on tracks 1,2,4,5 & 6 and lead on tracks 1 & 4 with the rest of the contributions going like this..
Tom Goddard: lead guitar (tracks 2 & 5),
Fabrizio Monni: rhythm guitar (track 3),
Colin Ragan: lead guitar (tracks 3 & 6),
Tom Davies: bass (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6) and
Luke “Canada” Shelley: bass (track 4). With such a mix and match collection of musicians one might expect ”
Stratus Nimbus” to be a slightly disjointed affair but in fact the diversity of musical approaches within each song actually works in the bands favour.


Equality” opens the album, its heavily phased riff sitting atop a strident desert groove creating a spacey
Hawkwind like vibe over which
Doug Dowd weaves equally heavily phased clean vocals . ”
Can’t Break Free” and ”
A Walk In The Dark” muddies the waters somewhat by adding elements of doom and heavy psych into proceedings with the latter also sprinkling healthy doses of bluesy guitar colouring into the mix. ”
Galaxy Girl” ramps up the psych and has an almost 60’s style vocal melody, albeit a heavily treated one, and leads into the dark swirling stoner/psych ”
You Take” a diatribe on a complicated relationship with very dark lyrical content. ”
Rain Jam” closes the album with a delightfully spacey, psych drenched groovathon sprinkled with
Fu Manchu/Nebula type skate punk/garage vocals.

If your a fan of heavy psych who likes their grooves swathed in warm fuzz and distortion and have a penchant for phased, hazy vocals then you’ve just found your next favourite band.

Check ’em out



Stratus Nimbus are the brainchild of
Arizonian brothers
Doug and
Dan Dowd who together with a loose collective of friends and associates have just released their first full length album ”
Stratus Nimbus” on
Stone Groove Records.

The album break down of musical contributions is quite complicated with
Doug Dowd handling the drums and vocals on all six tracks and brother
Dan holding down rhythm guitar on tracks 1,2,4,5 & 6 and lead on tracks 1 & 4 with the rest of the contributions going like this..
Tom Goddard: lead guitar (tracks 2 & 5),
Fabrizio Monni: rhythm guitar (track 3),
Colin Ragan: lead guitar (tracks 3 & 6),
Tom Davies: bass (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6) and
Luke “Canada” Shelley: bass (track 4). With such a mix and match collection of musicians one might expect ”
Stratus Nimbus” to be a slightly disjointed affair but in fact the diversity of musical approaches within each song actually works in the bands favour.


Equality” opens the album, its heavily phased riff sitting atop a strident desert groove creating a spacey
Hawkwind like vibe over which
Doug Dowd weaves equally heavily phased clean vocals . ”
Can’t Break Free” and ”
A Walk In The Dark” muddies the waters somewhat by adding elements of doom and heavy psych into proceedings with the latter also sprinkling healthy doses of bluesy guitar colouring into the mix. ”
Galaxy Girl” ramps up the psych and has an almost 60’s style vocal melody, albeit a heavily treated one, and leads into the dark swirling stoner/psych ”
You Take” a diatribe on a complicated relationship with very dark lyrical content. ”
Rain Jam” closes the album with a delightfully spacey, psych drenched groovathon sprinkled with
Fu Manchu/Nebula type skate punk/garage vocals.

If your a fan of heavy psych who likes their grooves swathed in warm fuzz and distortion and have a penchant for phased, hazy vocals then you’ve just found your next favourite band.

Check ’em out



Stratus NimbusArizonianDougDan DowdStratus NimbusStone Groove Records


Doug DowdDanTom GoddardFabrizio MonniColin RaganTom Davies Luke “Canada” ShelleyStratus Nimbus
EqualityHawkwind Doug DowdCan’t Break FreeA Walk In The DarkGalaxy GirlYou TakeRain JamFu Manchu/Nebula

Source: Desert Psychlist