The New Hotness Series, Part 6: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – Broken Lines
I’d have lost money on a bet over whether my local shite HMV would get the new Giraffe Tongue Orchestra CD. I woulda said no way, yet when I went past on my way to the grocery store last night, there it was right by the front door! Even happier, it was only $12.99. Immediate purchase.
Take note, Ghost… GTO put out a whole album of 10 songs for only $3 more than you did your 5-song EP. Just sayin’.
Alright, here are my real-time notes, taken as I listened first time through…
Adapt Or Die is straight-on rockin’, a great groove with a killer guitar solo section and that throbbing bass line… Crucifixion’s intro and chorus bits are blasting punk riffs but the rest turns all slinky and muscular… and then there’s the pretty breakdown part that turns into a brutal bashing… Two tracks in, mind is blown.
No-One Is Innocent is gigantic metal riff rawkin’ at its best. The drums pound, and the wole thing is just menacing. It builds and builds and wow! I love it. Blood Moon swings while it stabs its riff. It’s an odd little tune, not quite fitting with the rest of what’s here so far, but it’s not a bad thing. Just different!
Fragments And Ashes brings back the full-on crazy rocking. This one would kill, live. I can definitely hear the DEP influences here, yet everything works together into a fantastic track! Melodic but with crazy bits. Yes! Back To The Light does more of the same, and it’s brilliant! Oh man, this one has so much going on, that rapid fire beat, the guitars pummelling, the vocals soaring over top… and that awesome funk outro with the female vocals (courtesy of Juliette Lewis)…
All We Have Is Now takes us into into psychedelic balladry, a pretty tune to be sure. The drummer didn’t seem to get the memo that it’s a softer song, though haha. There’s even some awesome science fiction-y space noises at the end. Everyone Gets Everything They Really Want could be… a Stones song? Circa 1978? It’s a funky swingin’ disco rocker that has a few elements that remind us who’s playing, but honestly, this is quite left field, for this record. I like it! Haha fun.
Thieves And Whores builds, rotating between crazy wonky but awesome into heavy riff heaven awesome. What a track! Hot damn that’s a weird one, I love it! And finally, the title track, Broken Lines is an all-out assault on a sweet time signature, an hypnotic riff and beat… until it all goes bonkers and then gets its punk metal on. Then it shifts again into a gentle arpeggio interlude… then it takes on a bluesy chug until it ends.
Whew! What a superb record. I can hear all of the influences in here, all of the bands from which the members have come, but it’s also uniquely its own. I had great hopes for this record, and they have been exceeded!
Even better, I just know that it’ll get better on subsequent listens!
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra! Get you some!
Remember when Killer Be Killed dropped their amazing supergroup record, a while back?
Here comes a couple more!
1) Gone Is Gone
Get ready for Gone Is Gone, they’re gonna rock us!
There’s an EP coming in July, and talk of a full-length album later this year.
Gone Is Gone is:
Troy Sanders (Mastodon)
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Tony Hajjar (At The Drive-In)
Mike ZarinSencit Music/Sweethead)
The self-titled EP drops July 8, 2016.
2) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Mike gave me the heads-up on this upcoming new release.
Not gonna lie, it’s a bit of a dumb-ass band name, but all of the players in the band are from bands that I love, so my level of excitement is pretty high!
The Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is:
William DuVall (Alice In Chains)
Brent Hinds (Mastodon)
Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta)
Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan)
Pete Griffin (Dethklok)
I know! It’s reported that the album also features Juliette Lewis, and Jon Theodore of Queens Of The Stone Age.
Broken Lines drops on September 23, 2016.
Mark your calendars for all of these releases, folks!
Thanks for reading this far. As a reward, here’s a pic of another supergroup that really oughta happen any day now, right? (Haha)