Blue Gillespie – Synesthesia

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Blue Gillespie describe their namesake as, and I quote:

“the band’s collective evil alter-ego. The lyrics are his mind, the bass is his foot, the guitar is his hand and the drum his heart.”

Frankly, I can’t comprehend a more horrible description so imagine my disappointment when, after fetching my best reviewing hatchet, I put on the album & rather enjoyed most of it.

Influenced heavily by Porcupine Tree, Tool & Sleep, Blue Gillespie’s brand of progressive metal is a stripped down version content to rely on sparse but atmospheric guitar work & technical drumming.

Opener Beat Oven is a dark, down tempo track that gets repetitive early on & out stays it’s welcome by a good 2 minutes. Sugarglass has an outro that would have many a nu-metal band jizzing into their backwards baseball cap whilst Tripout‘s groovy start gives way to a haunting melodic chorus & Sabbath style guitar work. Dodgy lyrics, particularly on Wiff Black Waltz, delivered in the first person by the band’s eponymous character do little to upset the mood of the album as a whole.

Standout track Fingered is, for the most part,  little more than catchy chorus layered over a basic drum beat but that seems to be the magical formula they’ve been searching for. Blue Gillespie shine a lot brighter on the longer, more ambient tracks where their stoner riffs are allowed to linger like a P.E. teacher in the boy’s changing rooms. Closing duo, Paradox & Time Knot work so well as one song that one wonders why they were split in the first place.

The drumming shares similarities with Danny Carey but it lacks his superhuman foot-work. Torchwood star, Gareth David-Lloyd’s vocals at their lowest are reminiscent of Anselmo in the midst of his decade-long smack binge. Whilst that sounds like an insult, I’ll remind you that he put out every one of his best albums bar Power Metal whilst fucked on heroin. The band as a whole are extremely tight but it feels like they are still trying to define their sound in a field more densely occupied than an eastern European tenement.

Whilst they may have the worst name since punctuation-loving, proper case-hating nu-metallers (hed) PE, Synesthesia is a solid debut in a genre that is easily cocked up. There is so much to like about this band, even if their name & biography make me want to headbutt a pinata full of warm vomit.

3 John Barrowmans

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Ewen
A misanthropic cretin only capable of hate & compulsive masturbation. Follow or abuse him on Twitter or Last.fm. When he's not listening to obscure 80s thrash, he likes power ballads & torture porn.

  • Nick

    I haven’t laughed that much for a long time, fucking amazing. And the Barrowman’s at the end is genius. Love it.

  • Nick

    I haven’t laughed that much for a long time, fucking amazing. And the Barrowman’s at the end is genius. Love it.

  • http://www.bluegillespie.co.uk moonlitcactus

    FYI – Blue Gillespie play Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2010

  • http://www.bluegillespie.co.uk moonlitcactus

    FYI – Blue Gillespie play Edinburgh and Glasgow in October 2010

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    Yeah, I saw that. Hoping to make it down to the Edinburgh gig!

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    Yeah, I saw that. Hoping to make it down to the Edinburgh gig!

  • Amelia

    Oh my gosh, he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. That name is wonderful. Everything about them is wonderful.
    You shouldn’t analyze their songs, you should enjoy them. Listen and drift away.
    Blue Gillespie is what saves me whenever things are bad. I wish I had known about them when my best friend died.

  • Amelia

    Oh my gosh, he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. That name is wonderful. Everything about them is wonderful.
    You shouldn’t analyze their songs, you should enjoy them. Listen and drift away.
    Blue Gillespie is what saves me whenever things are bad. I wish I had known about them when my best friend died.

  • Ruth

    They are shit-hot live – you won’t be disappointed.

  • Ruth

    They are shit-hot live – you won’t be disappointed.

  • Catherine

    Great review! So great that I’ll be following LtH from now on.

    Totally with you on the band’s self-description and had been dubious about giving them a try, but now I’ll do it. (Gotta love rating a metal album in Barrowmans, even whilst taping up my ribcage after laughing so hard.) Thanks for the info!

  • Catherine

    Great review! So great that I’ll be following LtH from now on.

    Totally with you on the band’s self-description and had been dubious about giving them a try, but now I’ll do it. (Gotta love rating a metal album in Barrowmans, even whilst taping up my ribcage after laughing so hard.) Thanks for the info!

  • Mason

    I wish I knew about this band when my best friend killed themselves too. But then I remember I am not a massive cunt AMELIA.

  • Mason

    I wish I knew about this band when my best friend killed themselves too. But then I remember I am not a massive cunt AMELIA.

  • http://www.leavethehall.co.uk/ Ewen Cameron

    LOLZ!

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