Captain Avery And The Cosmic Triceratops Of Intergalactic Peace
Crash-landing in Sheffield sometime in the twentieth century, a band of extra-terrestrial travellers decided to form a band. Maybe their space-craft runs on good vibrations? They heard Earth music and found a unique flavour that makes full use of all the fun and uplifting parts of what it means to us. With their classic space-age twist, themes such as punk, folk, afro-beat, and rock n roll get the out of this world treatment. A band made up of multiple musicians headed by Captain Avery himself create a wholesome and fruity sound that drives audiences into gravity bending frenzies.
It opens with a countdown, much like a science-fiction story however instead of a fiery lift-off we're treated to a bass-line from the sky. Thumping grooves on guitar, bass, and drums combine to bring out a rhythm which is simply delicious. Keyboard rolls from the riffing musicians to add a new dimension to the dancing band song. Saxophone fills vital spaces with a clear and consistent quality with scales perfectly tuned to having a good time. Mothership is a catchy and musically brilliant opening song, driving with frantic composition and a chorus that never seems to tire.
A new direction of melody opens a window and shines the next track into the previously unseen gloom. Hilife is a song about having good moments any time of day, it celebrates feeling good and taking pleasure in life itself. Funky guitar and bass frame poetry which breaks over the quick timing and flows into the gaps. More melody from the sax adds a new layer of sound much like a second voice, bringing melodic harmonies and frills which boost the energetic vocals further. There's plenty of time for the band to show their stuff, Captain Avery knows that they make a massive part of the sound. Their tropical grooves keep everything in an uplifting pace which characterises their sound.
A new number brings a gloomy twist, a tongue in cheek poke at themselves perhaps. A negative perspective on hippies and insisting that Sheffield is full of them. Maybe we like to complain about ourselves, who knows? I think this track gets a massive laugh at gigs, and when the tempo revs up to a double pace it would seem that everyone goes slightly nuts. A song that roasts its creators is perhaps nuts to begin with! Sheffield is a good place to be. Considering its reverse psychology and the fairly adequate description of what most hippies do all day, it's probably just a great ad for the culture.
Once Hippies! Has finished, an upbeat disco rock riff begins and makes way for more wonderful sax playing. Then the guitar adds its classic funky fills in a reggae timing and we're off to outer space again. Brought back into the tropical and psychedelic landscapes of Captain Avery And The Cosmic Triceratops Of Intergalactic Peace, Mutant Disco shows up how cool and accepting we all are. Mutated music for the masses and more with sunshine infused good tidings from Yorkshire. Can't fault it.
Did I hear something about Donald Trump? Can't be sure, the next track starts and the groove is set for making your head move backwards and forwards to the beat. A song about building a wall to separate the rich from the poor, and how it's not their way forward. Perhaps Presidents ought to concentrate more on Wall Street. Fear makes us do things we wouldn't normally do, many Americans are afraid of the gangs and criminality that comes with immigration as are people across the globe. Finding a compromise so that everyone is happy is hard, making progress over a twelve foot high wall is harder, though.
Ma Ma Wei uses this catchy slogan to build a vocal riff we can all sing along with. Reminding us to dance with our feelings as well as the body, we're invited to move and wave our arms to the slinky rhythm. The sax jams in huge leaps and bounds of melody which revolve around the fabulous and consistent vocalisations of the Captain.
Triceratops have brought us an album of exceptional fusion quality, expertly mixing themes and vibes which allow them to make their political points, have a laugh at themselves, and allow everyone to feel happy and dance. Celestial apes reminds us that we're evolved from primates and although capable of higher degrees of awareness and perception of self and the world, we remain biological organisms. What makes us different from apes? We can teach them all kinds of tricks however I think it's something in the way we involve information from other experiences abstractly, we build our own story from the ocean of language we're swimming in, which gives us the human experience.
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