Speaking of bands who play in the New York subway system, experimental post-rock group You Bred Raptors? has toured the boroughs (and North America) since 2015. Their unexpectedly vocal-less sound on “International Genetics” is somewhere between prehistoric and industrial, made only with edgy cello, a drum kit, and an eight-string bass.
The album’s first impression has a touch of heat with “Bayonette” and its groovy-with-a-kick vibes. From there, things only get spicier. Certain tracks, with simple instrumentation and avant-garde cello, seem to be the alternative twist on something delicate and sweet. For example, “BellFlowers” sounds like it has the potential to be wedding music, but it has that rocking twist that, when combined with bright undertones, turns into something way more complex and moody.
The album tends to be repetitive, however. Similar licks and melodies populate nearly every song, but the album is still excellent driving music – after all, with twelve hours in the car yesterday, something fresh was definitely welcomed. It may not be my favorite album of the year, but it’s very well-made and it’s nice to have a different album that steps outside of the typical “bass, guitar, and vocals” boundary that rock can tend to stick to.
You Bred Raptors? claims that they aim to “raise awareness about dinosaur cloning research” and let me tell you, with an unusual sound like this, they have the potential to catch plenty of ears and direct them towards their cause.
The unexpectedly cool, catchy sounds found on “International Genetics” are unlike any experimental band I’ve heard lately. Maybe it’s because a lack of vocals forces highlighting of every other instrument instead. Maybe it’s because the cello is surprisingly edgy, layered over dark sounds of bass and percussion. Whatever it is, it’s ridiculously easy to imagine a performance in a New York subway station. And it kinda rocks.
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