Gravity – Fire Sermon

By Jeffrey Swager

With an over-abundant electronic scene in Colorado, over-saturated listeners will breathe a sigh of relief when hearing Gravity’s instrument-driven, electro-funk dance party. Combining layered electronic live production with a consistent funk breakbeat throughout the album gives listeners a taste of a DJ-orchestrated album with a creative four-piece band.

Fire Sermon also gives existing and new fans alike a taste of their progressive skills. Starting off the album with a heavily electronic, trip-hop beat is “Breakin Bones.” With guitarist Mark Cooley on vocals and a special guest appearance by Charlie Hine, this opening track could be a theme song for the most progressive car commercial on television (in reference to Phoenix’s recent song on a Mazda commercial).

Synth bass and electronic drum pads give a rich texture to the primarily funk-based compositions. A bigger sound overall, like the one that Gravity hints at in “Breakin Bones,” however, would hook listeners for good.

This is a very high-quality album, thanks to Morningwood Studios’ masterful recording, and the CD captures the band’s obvious skill for compositional experimentation. On the downside, one could make the observation that this is a young band whose first album, though high in quality, is young in sound.

On the upside, however, this gives an exciting introduction into the capabilities of a young group with a unique sound that has a definite place in an ever-growing market of electronic-based bands. Listeners, tip thy hats.

Comments

  1. says

    Sounds like Soundtribe had their nuts cut off. Do you like every band you review? This is music for pussies, and deaf people. Enjoy Helen Keller.

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