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
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.
1) What Can I Say
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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