Hey! Hey you! Ever wonder what MGMT would sound like if they rocked as hard as Led Zepellin? Maybe not? Well I’m going to tell you about it anyway. It’s new, and relatively fresh and it’s name is Amazing Baby.
These guys have it going on. I mean like rlly. They’ve got the whole psychedelic thing covered without being too synthy and cerebral. The choruses are ass-shake worthy and just poppy enough to get stuck in your head in the very best of ways (think Pieces of What rather than Pokerface). But most of all, these guys ROCK HARD… like full on dirty, sexy, crazy guitar solo laden, good old fashioned whiskey n’ coke awesomeness… which is a welcome change from the typical “crying indie boys in corduroy” that seem to rule the scene nowadays. Those lucky enough to have downloaded the “Infinite Fucking Cross” EP in July 2008 will know what I mean, but for all of the uninitiated their debut “Rewild” will be released June 23.
My favorite track so far has to be “Smoke Bros” (if you’d like the mp3 you can get it for free by signing up for the mailing list on their site). It’s not one of the rockiest tracks, but it’s catchy and upbeat while still maintaining a sense of violent rage and paranoia rippling malignantly under the surface. The orchestral arrangements only highlight the genius of the melody. You’d be hard pressed not to find a red blooded human who won’t want to sing along with the super-fun but slightly creepy chorus of “We are starving cannibals! S-M-O-K animals!” The song rounds of with a glorious, and, dare I say it, jazzy interlude of horns, leaving one with a feeling of warm and contented befuddlement: you’re not quite sure what they’ve done, but you know it sounds awful nice.
Which is one of the reasons I think Amazing Baby are so brilliant. The juxtaposition different themes and genres shouldn’t work, but in this musical context, they just do. The orchestral arrangements tempered with the classic rock guitar, the synth textures with the tribal drum beats… Everything works to produce everything-but your typical guitar driven rock n’ roll.
So take note kids (if you haven’t already). Rewild is going to blow your mind, and, in my opinion has great potential for being one of the best albums of the year.
Oh, and as a side note, it doesn’t hurt that they’re all friggin hot.