What does it sound like?:
Much like his namesake in Back to The Future, Marty’s made another timely appearance. Investing his lockdown-enforced free time wisely, former The Church and All About Eve fret-botherer Marty Willson-Piper has rounded up the (un)usual suspects from his last endeavour once again and launches this collaboration with very occasional troubler of the scorers Jed Bonniwell (nope, me neither) who writes, sings and co-creates this teaser from the forthcoming full length album by (checks clipboard) Space Summit.
It’s certainly not for the good folk who pine for the twelve string Marty Willson-Jangler of old, bearing a riff that’s not afraid to pump up its guns before Jed slides into the action, not with the wail one might expect given the intro, but more of a Screaming Trees thirty-a-day rasp that – say – Willie Nile might employ if he were fronting Soundgarden.
It’s slightly airier and proggier-leaning than its clear grungy antecedents might suggest, but as expected that production (as Gerald the Gorilla might have enthused) is amazing – the behind the desk team of Marty and Dare Mason certainly know the dusty end of the faders from the other end, and the drumming (by long time Afterword artists in residence Stackridge alumnus Eddie John) is big. Biggly big.
Props too, for the bass arrangement – also handled by MWP – which does bring to mind some of the best work of at least one of his former band leaders, who does that sort of thing for a living. Also, some of it was remotely recorded in Borneo.
What does it all *mean*?
Turns out the internet is useful for banging ideas about without having to be in the same room.
Goes well with…
Headphones. Plaid shirts. Lava lamps.
Might suit people who like…
The nineties. Guitars. Paisley. Plaid.