Different Kind of Greatness[CD]
'Garage rock of the Exile On Main Street variety has never sounded as groggy or as irresistible as on A Different Kind Of Greatness, the newest EP from Chicago-based three-piece Geronimo! Operating, like so many other garage bands, without a bass player, Geronimo! Instead use a keyboard shifted down a few octaves to give fuller definition to their noisy, ethereal compositions. Foregoing the traditional guitar-and-drum-only dynamic hawked by similar bands allows the multi-talented members of Geronimo! To infuse their music with piano, trumpet, and playful synth parts. Most of the tunes here are made up of two or three distinct "parts," as the band eschews traditional song structures for jammy, snaking subsections that nevertheless rarely push these songs past the 4 minute mark. While this may be jarring at first, subsequent listens outline a method to this madness. And though certain sections may seem out of place with others (the end of "Do the Driving" contains a gorgeous piano/guitar outro, seemingly coming out of nowhere and especially weird following one of the most up-tempo, driving songs on the album), they never ruin the overall continuity of the album. The final song on the EP, "Ender," sounds the most like the type of infernal basement-rock racket created daily by the youth of America (not to say that this music is childish, of course, but "Ender" in particular carries that kind of aesthetic. And that's also not to say that the unrehearsed sounding garage rock aesthetic isn't awesome). Delicate, echoed vocals combine with sinewy guitar sections, fuzzy bass keyboard and pounding drums, resulting in a 6 minute opus that finishes up the EP in a grand fashion. Here, Geronimo! ^#^ramrods what seems to be every riff they've ever come up with into a single song, and the resulting sound is explosive, electrifying, and, above all else, exciting. In a sense the song sums up the entire EP. A Different Kind Of Greatness ultimately succeeds because of the wild whims of the band members themselves. Feral piano freak outs, brassy horn sections, and sudden bursts of noise all come crashing together in a reckless fashion, giving birth to a fresh new sound in an already tired, overpopulated genre. This brashness, this ability to pack a song with as many ideas as possible - song structure or continuity be damned - has rewarded many bands in the past. One hopes that Geronimo! ^#^can continue in this same direction, because the sky's the limit for a band with such an interesting sound. For now, carry on in that dimly lit basement, boys. Carry on.' -http://www.adequacy.net/.
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