Friday, June 7, 2019

Baylies Band - Kafkaesque

I have no idea how I had never heard of Baylies Band until this week. They're a Providence based band who have been together for twenty five years, and, according to their Bandcamp profile, have played with a diverse group of bands that includes Lightning Bolt, That 1 Guy, Six Finger Satellite, Godsmack, and The Pizza Underground, aka Macauley Culkin's pizza themed Velvet Underground tribute band.

Led by Eric Baylies (who played bass with Minibeast until recently), the band put out their latest release Kafkaesque earlier this year. It's... unique. And I mean that in the best possible way. It's as noisy as you'd expect it to be, but it also feels like a noise rock version of a free jazz jam in parts. Plus, it's not as aggressive or dissonant as a lot of experimental noise rock can be. At times, it's almost straight up rock, albeit a twisted version. Plus, it seems to not take itself as seriously as a lot of art rock does. "Warriors" seems to consist mainly of the "Warriors come out and play" line from the 1970's cult classic The Warriors. This is the closest the album comes to a ballad. Other song titles include "Macauley Culkin Stole My Phone" and "Shaving My Balloon." 

You can listen to "FAQ" below. Kafkaesque is available now via Bandcamp. For more on Baylies Band, check them out on Facebook.

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