Bounce Method assembled in New Paltz, New York in 2010. Luke DiCola (Vocals/Guitar), Matt Hunter (Guitar/Vocals), Guy Piaquadio (Bass) and Jason Greenspan (Drums), have been honing their unique sound ever since, combining their influences from all over the spectrum. BM recently released their debut album entitled, “This Is Your Brain…”.
This is one of the more remarkable albums that I have heard in the past couple of months. Bounce Method is certainly one of the most unique bands working in indie music today. Bounce Method is one of those bands you know has to be comprised by a bunch of indiscriminate music fans. Hints of an astonishing range of musical artists seem to peek from bits and pieces behind their various songs. I’m constantly being reminded of artists as diverse as the Pixies, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers ,Built to Spill, Incubus and a host of eighties new wave bands.
Bounce Method have obviously internalized a lot of music and are capable of drawing from those resources as needed, to create some grippingly exciting songs. They are constantly bringing in unexpected rhythms or sounds into their songs. However being eclectic or unpredictable is not a guarantee of being especially good. In fact, it could lead to a dissipation of creative energies into such a variety of directions that a band could lack any musical focus whatsoever. Luckily, Bounce Method manages to be amazingly musical while crafting startling songs. The musicality, the clever lyrics, the passionate vocals, and the hooks make every song memorable. And virtually every song is indeed a delight.
As with any exceptional album, you don’t want any of the songs to end, and yet when they do and the next song begins, you are equally as content with it. Over the past few years, I have sometimes felt that rock was in danger of becoming stale and uninteresting, and that the creativity that drove the genre in the sixties, the late seventies, and the eighties was waning. But bands like Bounce Method are managing to give me hope once again.
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“This Is Your Brain…” contains 7 tracks that cover a whole lot of varied genre ground. From the popish opener “Down” to the crunching guitar of the almost Jimi Hendrix-like interlude “Succubus” which leads into “Robyn”. In between there’s the brilliantly bass-driven “Strange Man” or the energetic melody of “Brain Storm”, without forgetting the guitar-hooked “Bar Song”.
What we have here folks, is an incredible album full of terrific music. Overall, the ebb and flow of “This Is Your Brain…” made me hopeful again that music could actually mean something more than a flashy video or a cheap marketing ploy. I’d just about given up on modern rock when I stumbled upon Bounce Method, but now I can see there’s light at the end of that tunnel.
If you’re a rock fan who’s given up on the possibility that good indie music still exists, open your ears to this album. I’m definitely looking out for more Bounce Method recordings. You can’t go wrong if you love “This Is Your Brain…”!
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