Weirdo-rock. No, it’s not a commonly known genre of music. In fact, I just made it up this very moment.
Truth is though, Moncton band Something Delicious aren’t comprised of weirdos; they are very nice guys. But they do rock in an abstract sort of way.
Rather than being your typical four-on-the-floor band, these guys pepper their progressive songs with time signature changes and shift from aggressive heavy-metal styled vocals to pop and even funk music, all within the same damn song.
If you need to hear these guys for yourself, they’ve got an excellent new CD (No Fun Intended) available now and are playing an all-ages show at the Firehall on Assomption Boulevard, Moncton on Friday September 11.
Formed as a trio in 2006, the band has since expanded to quartet status although they have held firm to their musical style ”” or lack thereof.
“We just wanted to try something different from the punk rock and rock and roll bands we were playing in because it wasn’t so much what we were listening to anymore,” affirms Something Delicious vocalist/guitarist Jonah Hache.
The band set about making No Fun Intended in 2008 at the home of one of their former guitarists. One listen to the complexity of some of the material on the record makes one wonder about how difficult the process of recording really was to the group.
“We made a map of the timing and time signature changes with a click track so it would change as the arrangement would,” confirms Hache.
“I find that the record is fairly raw,” he continues. “We didn’t layer guitars and kept the vocal layer technique more sparse than most other heavy music styled bands would do. Knowing our sound was so bizarre, we didn’t want to add things we couldn’t pull off live.”
One area that required a little finesse was pulling off the band’s complex timing changes in concert. According to Something Delicious drummer Geoff Moss, getting the timing changes down took a little practice but once the band got them down, they became second nature to the group.
“The first dozen shows or so shows we played, there would always be a slight slip up. Like counting 13 bars instead of 11, playing two bars instead of three, etc. We would notice right away but anyone listening wouldn’t have been able to tell,” Moss says. “Having the album recorded to a click track really solidified all the parts where there was the least bit of confusion. But it also locked down on anyone making any mistakes because with the CD now released, people would pick up on the mistakes.”
Hache and Moss admit reception to the CD within the region so far has been positive overall. But on the flip side, they have received what they consider to be “hilariously unimpressed” reviews as well.
“My favourite quote was something like ‘If they were Japanese, they’d be massive. Unfortunately, they’re Canadian,'” Hache says.
“We’ve received some absolutely amazing reviews chalk full of praise and spirit-warming mojo comparing us to Primus, Rancid, Horse the Band and a few other bands that we are akin to,” Moss continues.
“Others though have expressed how they can only make it half-way through the album, reassuring us that ‘this is a brilliant example that original does not always equal good.’ All the same, it is great feedback for our debut record. The next album will be a blast.”
Come on out and see the unbroken-spirited Something Delicious playing alongside Iron Giant, Prophets Of War and more on September 11. Admission to the show is $10 and is open to all-ages.
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