It’s a very thin, brown and usually smelly line between the most well thought-out, musical genius and pure shit. All artists get tripped up by it at some point and often you’ll find the snotty nosed, Guardian reading, floppy haired, Clogg wearing hippies, smoking cheap weed and wrestling over what side of the line any particular band should be on. Experimental is the word that gets tossed about a lot, the idea that no one else has done it yet so we think we’ll do it cos it’ll be different.
RobotMonkeyArm for me fall firmly on one side of that brown line, what they have produced on this EP is genius and no mincy, indie-band loving hemp distributer will get me to think otherwise. I love music you can’t categorise, any time you have to go into a music shop and the assistant has no idea where to find what you’re looking for, that is genius. To me this would go in the Quentin Tarantino soundtrack to killing people section, or the A Clockwork Orange mental breakdown section.
I knew I was gonna like this when I first saw the Matt Talbot artwork that adorns the cover of this fine EP, a beautiful picture of a Monkey (with a Robot Arm *wink*) and a Robot (with a Monkey Arm) playing Volleyball with a Doll. Genius.
First track is The Psychogenic Stomp, a surfy track in the same vein as Eels, with a drum beat that hooks you in to a set of simple but great lyrics. The sound of the sea plays a massive part in this EP and features at the end of this track and leads nicely into Dance Party Ending which is another surfy track but with more of of a Pure Punk feel. I’epilogo and APOE are both fun tracks, no real meaning that I can tell, but generally good stuff with the latter being a piano free-for-all followed by nothing but calming ocean sounds.
This EP, and the first two in the series, are great fun, a culmination of a love of music and having too much time on your hands. Proving that Prog-Rock isn’t dead, RobotMonkeyArm give us a nod to the likes of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman, and whatever side of the brown line you think those guys are on, give these guys a listen and open your mind to something slightly different.