Summer is upon us, and with it the debut long player from London duo Gum Takes Tooth (Thomas Fuglesang and Jussi Brightmore) is hitting the airwaves.
The album may be entitled ‘Silent Cenotaph’, but this is somewhat deceptive – from the off, it is clear that silence won’t feature heavily, as the listener is instead barraged with the exuberantly heavy riffs, overbearing distortion and feedback that have won the band a religious live following. At times sounding like the soundtrack to a dystopian future, occasionally recalling the music that featured on The Terminator, meandering into death metal interludes, the album heralds the arrival of the sonic pioneers in truly inimitable style.
Rhythmic, almost tribal drums, atmospheric effects and techno beats are all par for the course on a truly unique piece of work; in an epoch where ‘original’ music is usually as hard to come by as a fan of Rebecca Black.
Thus, it’s exceedingly difficult to draw meaningful comparisons between this band and their predecessors – they combine the ingenuity of And So I Watch You From Afar with the wonderful wackiness of Battles, but wind up sounding like true one-offs.
With song titles such as ‘Hermaphrodite and Nourishment’ they mightn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like your chai with a pinch of experimentalism and a dash of hypnotic power, Gum Takes Tooth are the band for you.
Silent Cenotaph is released on June 6th by Tigertrap Records
words Tara McEvoy
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