Following hot on the heels of their explosive sophomore album The Zodiac, San Diego’s Those Darn Gnomes chart a new course on their new EP, a single-track monolith entitled Peeling. Recorded live in the studio during the sessions that produced the prior album, Peeling represents at once an extension and refinement of the techniques the band explored in that album’s compositions but this time solely through improvisation. While Peeling is unafraid to break into The Zodiac’s manic bursts of sheer chaos, it is on the whole a more restrained beast, preferring instead to lurch and creep. Improvised in a single take by the band’s core quartet lineup and unaugmented by guests, Peeling reveals a young band ahead of their time, performing with a seasoned tightness and creative fearlessness beyond their years.
released June 30, 2017
Those Darn Gnomes are:
Mark Steuer – voice
Christian Molenaar – guitar
Russell Case – bass
Bryon Wojciechowski – drums
Recorded at Apollo's Crotch, April 11, 2016.
Praise for this album:
"Peeling, the new single-track EP from the avant-garde misfits, keeps the faith of The Zodiac alive and well. Featuring a scabrous production clashing with daring musicianship, it’s a nigh indigestible work of malice equal parts incoherent and brilliant. Even extreme metal fans will be tested by its sonic irregularities, its demanding song structure, and its refusal to play by the rules, but patient listeners will be rewarded with a texturally rich tapestry laced with intricate details cryptographers will be attempting to decipher for years to come."
-Toilet ov Hell
This basically feels like traditional Middle Eastern music except amped up and distorted. The performances are insanely tight, and I'd really like to highlight the drumming on here - it's absolutely incredible. The drummer adapts tradition and aggression into something that not only manages to keep up with the guitar/bouzouki but pushes the envelope in its own right. Smekermann