Gastric Band - Party Feel
Could they really have made this release's cover more cringe-worthy?
Having said that, this is a brilliant math-rock release comparable to Horse Lords, but 'prettier'. Really great.
Ricki Thomson - Drums
Ross Macpherson - Drums
Jack Weir - Guitar, Percussion
Cameron Cullen - Guitar, Keys, Sampler
Bruce Wallace - Guitar, Synth
"This instrumental 5-piece consists of members and ex-members of Super Adventure Club, Secta Rouge and Jackie Treehorn (sadly R.I.P.), three bands with a massive reputation in Scotland and most likely outside the Scottish borders as well. These 5 musicians are probably the 5 most talented and technically gifted musicians in Scotland at the moment; they sure know how to play their instruments, which could make any other musician (such as me) jealous or at least hugely impressed.
Musically Gastric Band jumps from avant-garde jazz to progressive rock to electronica to math rock. Bruce, Jack, Kami, Ross and Ricki effortlessly mix these genres together, making them flow and interesting and most importantly making them extremely exciting. Gastric Band utilises two drummers (Ross and Ricki) and whereas other bands doing the same have two drummers playing the same rhythm simultaneously, Gastric Band have them play completely different bits throughout most of Party Feel. And it works, as demonstrated nicely in the track ‘Sexy Grandad’. Add the jazzy played guitar parts, the complex rhythms and the electronics, stylophone and samples adding lots of variety and melody, this EP is one of the most exciting releases I have ever seen coming out of Scotland (and there have been a lot over the years).
If you like your music rhythmically complex, progressive and experimental, then please give these guys a listen. I beg you and I guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed. Just for their sense of humour I recommend this highly. I mean, with song titles such as ‘Dustin Binman’ and ‘Brad Shitt’ you can’t go wrong. And I haven’t even started on the band name and the cover image yet..."-Echoes and Dust