The three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band brings such an impressive pallet that it’s a challenge just to keep up. It takes multiple listens to begin understanding just how much raw determination and talent is behind these songs.
Though the title is Moment of Chaos, the whole album seems to be an exercise in tightly controlled chaos. It’s a lot to take in at once, but the ever-shifting sounds fit beautifully together in context, a feat of great sequencing as well.
Readymade, the exhilarating nine-minute opener, is like sprinting up a flight of steps – the changes come incrementally, but quick enough to be a blur. There are shifts in tone and tempo throughout, from its acoustic beginning through bluesy breaks to the spacey guitar jam out that hits the realm of Built To Spill or Crazy Horse. And the lyrics ramp up the ominous quotient just a bit more: “If you’re going to fight in every battle, please be on my side.”
Planet Matter is a wild instrumental that rushes by with the jitteriness of math-rock, each player (Nate Nasensky on guitar, Chris Pierce on bass and Jim Borquez on drums) weaving tightly together for quicker and quicker flights. With its spooky, hollow echo, Come & Gone is country music for a horror movie.
Halation stacks up meaty riffs, pushing close to the prog-metal realm, not screamy but nonetheless recalling
Published April 1, 2011 in Zócalo.