Gastric Band are not for the faint-hearted and we here at Armellodie Records are proud to introduce them to the fold. Look at these handsome chaps.
Bruce Wallace (Guitar, Synth, Loops and Ross MacPherson (Drums, Percussion) formed Gastric Band at the beginning of 2011. Bruce just happens to be the founding member of similarly off-kilter spazz-jazz rockers Super Adventure Club. The two-piece soon blossomed into five with the addition of Jack Weir (Guitar), Cameron Cullen (Guitar, Samples, Keys, Loops) and Ricki Thomson (Drums, Percussion) joining in 2012.
Citing the likes of Steve Reich, Robert Fripp, and Bill Bruford as influences, Gastric Band channel the taboo-breaking spirits of Frank Zappa and Karlheinz Stockhausen into their music. There’s no time to get settled, no time to relax and no time to wonder what it all means as melody butts heads with rhythm through unexpected arrangements.
Armellodie will be releasing the debut album, Party Feel in June on CD and download. You can listen to the album in full here now though.
Gastric Band is operating with one freakish mind, like a drug-addled 5-headed Cerberus of rock and roll. The five schizophrenic grooves that make up Party Feel provide a lasting warped cuddliness, an intoxicating and fearful mix of intricacy, subtlety, brutality, flippancy, and seriousness. Each song burrows its way under your skin and fires electrical impulses down the axons of your nervous system.
You will surrender. You will submit. You will shake your whole, entire body.
Find Gastric Band on facebook here.