138

Forever Einstein: Down With Gravity

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
The Connecticut-based trio known as “Forever Einstein” have released what might be their finest effort to date, with this new outing titled Down With Gravity. Basically, this band has become synonymous with cranking out infectious melodies, thanks to C.W. Vrtacek’s acute melding of surf-driven guitar lines, angular lead soloing and progressive rock style musings. On their 4th production under the “Forever Einstein” moniker, bassist Jack Vees, who also serves as the director of the Center For Studies in Music Technology at Yale University and Vrtacek’s long time associate, drummer John Roulat provide one of the tightest rhythm sections you’ll likely encounter!

The band initiates a combo soul-funk/hard rock groove on the opener, “Maybe spending the rest of your life in a madhouse will teach you some manners” (possibly, words that some of us could live by?). Yet here, the musicians perpetuate a – little big band – sound, with blistering unison lines, shifty time signatures and the guitarist’s rendering of “Ventures”-like surf grooves amid his perennial revamping of previously articulated motifs. Hence, this trio ignites a quiet fire as they pursue memorable melodies in concert with serious, hard-ass interplay and razor sharp choruses. On, “My mute wouldn’t walk in the mud so I had to put 17 bullets in her”, the ensemble infuses a straight forward driving pulse with Vrtacek’s melodious themes and nimble soloing.

Highlights abound, via various investigative interludes, abrupt alterations of the flow, Vrtacek’s crunching chord progressions and Vrees’ abstract EFX-induced bass soloing, along with the spotty implementations of polychromatic counter-currents. To that end, Down With Gravity is a must have for the ardent fans of progressive rock or perhaps any rock related genre, as this gang pronounces a distinct style and methodology that is perhaps unparalleled in the business! Strongly recommended.

Cuneiform Records


Track Listing: Maybe spending the rest of your life in a madhouse will teach you some manners, My mute wouldn

Personnel: C.W. Vrtacek; guitars: Jack Vees; bass: John Roulat; drums

Title: Down With Gravity | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Cuneiform Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Heart Knows CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Jersey CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Wobbly Danse Flower CD/LP/Track Review Wobbly Danse Flower
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Carry Fire CD/LP/Track Review Carry Fire
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 22, 2017
Read A Night Walking Through Mirrors CD/LP/Track Review A Night Walking Through Mirrors
by Barry Witherden
Published: September 21, 2017
Read Jondo CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read "Graveyard Whistling" CD/LP/Track Review Graveyard Whistling
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Ocean of Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs" CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "Il sistema periodico" CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017
Read "Beyond The Moon" CD/LP/Track Review Beyond The Moon
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Putting Off Death" CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.