Ricecrackers – Five Golden Rings – Single Review

The US alt-rock band Ricecrackers were introduced last year and released their latest single – Five Gold Rings – on the 12th.

Ricecrackers - Photo by Adela Locsin

Ricecrackers – Photo by Adela Locsin

A slight line-up change now finds Nathaniel Peirce on drums, other than that the players remain the same, although in Five Golden Rings the style is quite altered, in a track that draws from free-form jazz.

Pitch and tempo changes feature significantly, giving the track a dramatic presence, almost theatrical-poetry in delivery as the inflections underscore particular ideas. The voice challenges the audience with haunting use of unexpected keys, whilst the percussion slips between pace highlighting the disturbance of the lyrics. Guitar and Bass, whilst adding to the drama and always distinguishable, take the role of framing the voice in supportive roles.

There is enough of similarity for those who already know Ricecrackers to grab hold of, while being sufficiently different to prick their ears inquisitively. Although, on a personal level, free-free form jazz is always something I struggle to get to grips with, Five Gold Rings also retains enough grounding for the just under two and a half minute track, which is available on bandcamp, for it to make sense and a track that I do enjoy.

I give credit to Ricecrackers for having the gumption to strike out on a different path.

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Jake Martin (Guitar / Vocals), James Sheridan (Bass), Nathaniel Peirce (Drums) from Boston in the USA form the new wave band Out.

Out - Photo credit - Selena Barker Photos

Out – Photo credit – Selena Barker Photos

You can feel the energy hurtling into the room as a furious wall of sound funnels its way into your eardrums like a cascading flood of adrenaline. Out provides the audience with a torrent of guitar and percussion that despite its furious pounding is far from an opaque blur rather tapestries of finely woven translucence as the trio skilfully are able to add context to the elemental rock, to which the vocal delivers an amazingly precise articulation and intonation, given the number of words a minute being hurled through the speakers.

The trio are able to combine granularity with a sense of the philosophy of Heraclitus as the ever evolving swarms of sound continually reform themselves in the burning embers leaving the audience with the feeling that they have themselves gone through a transformation.

Whilst tracks run typically for between thirty seconds and one hundred and fifty, Out chose to open their recent eight track LP – Oms (available on bandcamp), which came out on the 3rd, with a one thousand two hundred and eighty one second title track soliloquy, which rather than sounding like a rambling monologue, is a fascinating fulmination that reminds me of Crass in loquacious mood.

A ‘must have in your collection’ and if you think not, you are probably not going to find much to enjoy in many of the bands reviewed on this site.

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