Another excellent release from Armellodie, one of the tags Gastric Band used for themselves is “maximalism” and it’s definitely appropriate. Progressive music that isn’t stubbornly backward looking (when did Prog bands decide to base what they were doing on bands that are 30 years old ?) and instead appropriates a bunch of stuff that’s been going on in the last decade, gives it a bit of a polish and glues some sparkly new bits on. It is pretty much impossible to tell where a Gastric Band song is going because they like to change direction at the drop of a hat, but they’re excellent musicians so whichever way they go they manage to imbue what they’re doing with a fun, fresh and inventive sheen.
Weird time signatures, interesting percussion and little touches like basing “Sexy Grandad” on a sampled arpeggio that sounds like it might have come from a Casio keyboard, all show the same intellectual flair as the other records I’ve heard from Armellodie, so as well as getting hold of this you might want to check out the other stuff on the label. I can’t review the album without a quick mention of the cover art, which is one of those classic internet age photos that seems innocuous but I could stare at it (and the story it tells) for hours. Kudos for calling one of your songs “Brad Shitt” too. It had to be done.