GARUDA The Greeks EP
By the second turn of the opening song's chorus, listeners may be
slightly less shocked than on the first turn. This is to say that
they will be prepared the second time around, because at first it
feels like it was stapled to the preceding verse after being ripped
out of another song entirely.
Whether by accident or design, Garuda have managed to harness the
same sense of musical chaos that occurs whilst tuning between radio
stations. As an opening track, this is genuinely befuddling.
Greeks, by Garuda
In stark contrast, the next two tracks show off a great post-rock
band with an uncommon ability for light and shade. Track two barrels
along with throbbing bass towards an unusual phonetics-based chorus
and track three opens with a tense, volcanic build on a single chord
after which the band execute hair-pin turns of rhythm and dynamics
across 6 minutes that suggest influences of Black Sabbath.
The Greeks is a very good, very different record and sets
Garuda apart from most other bands around these here parts. The first
track may be understood by some better than others, but track two
and three offer real rewards.