|Gulfer - Transcendals|
Label: Friend Of Mine/Die Young/Stack Your Roster
Release Date: February 23, 2013
Anyways, Gulfer really has something good going on. They're essentially equal parts TTNG and... actually, they're more or less TTNG, if TTNG were way more "understandable" and had the dude from You Blew It! fronting them. Usually, bands who can be described as "X band worship" are usually followed by some quip about "6/10, this record is decent, but forgettable", but considering that TTNG is one of the most innovating and interesting bands in the last little while, they're probably the right type of band to worship. But that's not to say that Transcendals isn't doing its own thing. The leads are melodic and catchy, the rhythm section is bouncy and solid, but isn't afraid to get flashy. And they're only a three piece. Their singer is this dude busting out off-measure tapping licks and intricate riffs while singing. Not to mention, their live performance is spot on which is all the more incredible.
What's most striking about this record is that it holds back at all the right moments. On "Jurassic Spark," the flashy guitar work takes a backseat to a vocal melody that carries the song. But of course there's still some really complicated tapping riff going on in the background.
The record's standout track is the opener, "Ten Souls." Based on this EP and their August 2012 split with Fago Sepia, this song encompasses this band's sound. It's intricate and noodle, but not obnoxious. It's melodic and bouncy at times, and messy at others. Gulfer is definitely a name to keep an eye on in 2013. Transcendals may very well end up on a lot of end of year lists as one of the strongest EPs from its genre.
Recommended if you like: TTNG, Grown Ups, Nai Harvest
Check it out on their Bandcamp