I love Elusive Parallelograms, but they’re not easy to categorize or explain, making my job all the more difficult. I can tell you that their debut album And Everything Changes has touches of post-punk, psychedelia, shoegaze, punk, experimental, electronica and other genres, but this Milwaukee bunch mixes them up in a way that you won’t easily recognize any of them. What you will recognize are talented musicians and a great vocalist, who are just as comfortable turning up their wah-wahs to rip through the aggressive psychedelia of “Orange” as the spacey electro-ballad “Hang Those Who Speak Of The West”. The only time they don’t excite is the messy hardcore track “Destroyer” which thankfully ends in 90 seconds – not enough time to disrupt the flow of the album, which gets back on track quickly with the hauntingly beautiful “Coagulated Conduit”. And Everything Changes is a great way to spend thirty-three minutes, so do yourself a favor and check it out.
This Milwaukee four-piece are relatively new (formed in 2005) with just a five-song EP to their name, but they’ve already got an exciting sound that’s almost impossible to pin-point. Is it Brit-pop? Art-rock? Stoner rock? Post Punk? Psychedelic rock? Well, there are elements of all of the above, but it also subscribes to none of the conventions that limit each genre. In fact, they seem to ignore genres altogether, and just “play”, which is a refreshing change from the norm. The first song, “Pajama Pajama”, is the one I keep coming back to. It’s probably the best song I’ve heard by a new band so far this year, and it’s almost impossible to describe – but since I have to try, I’ll go with this: Picture Clinic hanging around with Ron Asheton, Hawkwind and Mission Of Burma. The band has an excellent sense of balance between strong melodies and sonic experimentation, all of which are anchored by an extremely vicious and talented rhythm section who provide a huge vortex of sound for the rest of the band to circle around (see “Call Me Back” or “Bragging Rights” for proof). A full-length album is in the works, which is a good thing because I’m hooked and I’ll need my next fix soon.