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Gravity Propulsion System
Get Destroy
Ascetic Records
www.gravitypropulsionsystem.com


Pop-punk never sounded so good. Brash and chaotic Gravity Propulsion System comes off as an elegant experiment in garage fundamentals by pushing the envelope of noise laced rock with sporadic hooks and an almost jam feel. At times this works against the band as it feels like a personal joke, and at others it pays off tenfold.

A mix somewhere between The Break-ups and The Germs, GPS aren't afraid to test the boundaries of musical standards, giving only the drums a consistency throughout the album. Songs are a mish-mash of noise, unfiltered guitar sounds and a pure driven intensity which permeates even their slower material like "Smash The Bass Player". It is this no fear attitude that grabs my attention as it is nailed succinctly in "Mouth" and "Fake Skyline" where the material is all over the place but creates a dominant aura. The later being my favorite for its laconic walking line that pays off big time in the changes, making it a must hear.

Production has to walk a fine line between a refined sound, and a low-fi garage distortion which many people could confuse for low production standards. It is with a discerning ear someone could appreciate the thought that went into making it sound dirty, yet crisp. Nothing is left half-assed as the decisions show that skillful guiding hand, especially in the last track which veers over the spectrum of sounds. Especially in the "Dimension Negative" part of the song does the impact become blatant, with the buzzing distortion of the guitars balanced by the constant bass and staccato drums.

This album isn't for everyone, but then again maybe I don't want everyone to listen to it. It is kind of like an inside club, either you get it or you don't. Most people will probably pass over this record as sheer noise, but man there is just so much more to it, and I will be content just huddle in my corner with it and savor it for myself.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) What Can I Say
2) Mouth
3) Bee Brained
4) Sixes And Ones
5) Fake Skyline
6) Smash The Bass Player
7) Time Decay - Dimension Negative - Push The Drummer Down The Stairs - Busy Signal


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