Clifford the Band are chemists of rhythm and groove. There is a good chance what you’ll hear now is something fresh, challenging and exciting. As a band, they bring forward a love for rock and the several thousand offshoots that dominated our mortal world. They plan to explore some while putting their own gravity on things. This is their latest single, Chrysanthemums.
You’ll never hear an opening like this. The odd time riff reminded me of the drum-guitar riff engagement of Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage. Sharp, precise yet explorative-this track changes its own fabric every few feet. By the time the vocals come in, you might find it difficult to keep up with the frequency. With tight execution on the guitars and drums, you’ll hear this syncopated melody writing. Is there a jazz aspect stitching all this together? A mutual love for prog-rock? None of this is known, all you can do is keep track of so many style quotients taking you for a safari in symphony. Their 2022 EP Surface Tension created a lot of buzz in fuzz for the twisting, turning pathways their sound takes. Chrysanthemums builds on that.
A scene that I could recall was a trip showcased in Sons of Anarchy. Though not as aggressive in terms of plot and the outcome-this song would stitch together some fantastic montages in that show. Clifford the Band will continue to mould outside the ice tray. Listen to their single Sheepskin, along with other boggling tracks, on their Spotify!