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The trio known as Morphine enamored many rock fans with its hard-hitting amalgamation of blues-rock pieces led by the late Mark Sandman's 2-string bass attack. Meanwhile, the New York City-based trio Tripod reformulates some of these concepts into more of a progressive mold. Here, lead vocalist/12-string bassist Clint Bahr and woodwind specialist Keith Gurland both utilize bass pedals for a set teeming with booming lines and ominously stated choruses.
Drummer Steve Tobin drives home the pulsating rock rhythms while also augmenting the soloists' fervent interplay and circuitous time signatures. However, on this release the musicians conjure up a few well-stated grooves that often hearken back to the early 70's British Canterbury scene. Through it all, the band's thoroughly refreshing tactics and huge wall of sound provides the mark of distinction. Bass-icaly, the artists combine pop sensibilities along with a thrusting King Crimson-style attitude as progressive rock gets a college education here! Recommended.