It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn, with a name like Garcia Peoples, that the New Jersey band are influenced by The Grateful Dead. The band are built on intertwining guitars and lengthy jams. They mix this classic rock fixation with the lop-sided approach of bands such as Pavement, which make them a rather interesting prospect. Natural Facts is their second album. On Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.
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You could write everything I know about the Grateful Dead on a lock of Jerry Garcia's silver hair but this New Jersey band match their love for the long running long hairs with the sort of lop-sided approach of the likes of Pavement. What results is an enjoyable album of guitar tangling which veers from full on rock belters to more considered, pastoral material.
The impressive thing is that even on big guitar churners such as opener Feel So Great I'm in no way put off. The track veers along somewhere between Black Sabbath and the Smithereens driven on my a motorik pulse which is hard to dislike. The guitar squall opening to Canvas gives way to lovely rolling Pavement guitars and vocals as gentle and pastoral as Real Estate. It's really rather brilliant, the band nick their harmonies from the Byrds and REM but are unafraid to chuck in slabs of guitar racket to get us out of our comfort zone. The guitar tangle on High Noon Violence reminds me of the folk stylings of Wolf People but the band retain that always impressive laid back Laurel Canyon vibe courtesy of some razor close harmonies.
They aren't afraid to prog at times but when they play a straight bat on Break Me Down the result is like something off Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. Natural Facts is an impressive album which shows that it doesn't take much to manipulate guitar music into enjoyable new shapes.
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