goggles is the new black

goggles is the new black

Ex members of rock group Gruvis Malt find a calling that is less indebted to the present or future and more revels in the past.  Now im certainly not saying that they are some kind of folk group or classic rock revivalists but their decade of choice just happens to be one that twenty somethings may remember very well.

Video games, saturday morning cartoons and a hint of prog rock make up this three piece self described “action/adventure” band.  Drums, bass and keyboard fill out the sound without you ever wondering why theres no lead guitar.  Hate the bleeps and bloops of chip tune or the endless video game covers? well then rest assured that none of these exist here.  High energy, thoughtful song structures and excellent musicianship is what you recieve time in and time out and thats a winning combo in my book.

Debut “Chase Scenes 1-14” is an excellent first effort but perhaps suffers a bit from sounding “samey” with songs running together and production that leaves you scratching your head as to what your really hearing.  Aside from this its a very self assured release that is of course bested by its follow up.  “Worlds” marks a culmination of ideas split into smaller “suites” and tends to be a much more diverse and dynamic affair.  However both have their merits and should be checked out accordingly.  In any event this is a band that should be checked out as soon as you can.  If you are also unfamiliar with previous project “Gruvis Malt” do yourself a favor and check out “Maximum Unicorn” trust me.

 

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mmm two drummers

mmm two drummers

This group has been lighting up the Atlanta Georgia area for some time (along with their other own Hello Sir Alumni) now with an impressive full length under their belts and a new one on the way, an ep of their adventures with two drums was born.  Rivals see’s this math punk post whatever it sounds like ROCK and ROLL to me back in action with three new songs.

Thankfully the two drummers are panned hard left and right making this something to truly be enjoyed in  headphones but all the same not much has changed thankfully.  With “Hero Protagonist” slow build toward a great dual guitar off with drummers trading fills. Its a great way to make a quick impression on a three song release.  “Rivals” adds Cinemechanica’s Dischord Records speak shout mechanics to the fray while picking up the tempo a titch. In closing,  “Kurosawa” methodical guitar work drops in and out of martial drum licks for 6 and a half minutes before ending.

As a stop gap till there next release, its very clear that structurally more attention is being payed if maybe at the expensive of a little speed and less stops and starts.  It does give the effect of a more approachable band.  This is hardly negative just a very slight change from “Martial Arts” more manic approach.  Its great to hear some better production going on with these boys as well especially since this music really calls for some crisp guitar tones.  Overall an excellent snack till the meat of the situation is layed before us.  Double drums you will be missed.

RATING:Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Salsa

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