Talk Like Blood
Employing some theatrics, and a whole bunch
of technical proficiency, 31 Knots escapes the math rock pitfall
of being too clean and meticulous. They're not afraid of the
distortion pedal, and manage to stay away from most of the Rush-like
noodling. They do play around with genres quite a bit, ranging
from 70s rock to some almost 80s alt sounds to jazzy Karate-style
stuff to angular DC Q and Not U
rock. There's a weird soundscape in the middle of the album
that makes me want to stick chopsticks through my eardrums,
but otherwise it's an album filled with off-kilter rock 'n roll.
For some reason the album reminds me of The
Police song Miss Gradenko meets some of the more
atonal Cure stuff.