Sometimes within the creative community of Providence’s music scene, a few established veterans will get together to start a new project. Often these musicians have an extensive resume of …
Sometimes within the creative community of Providence’s music scene, a few established veterans will get together to start a new project. Often these musicians have an extensive resume of previous bands and recordings under their belt and it’s wicked cool to see what they come up with. This is apparent with Exploding Zones, an experimental space rock power trio featuring guitarist & vocalist Mike Duffy, bassist Christopher Kelley and drummer Eric Smith. Prior to the band starting, Duffy was a member of the psychedelic shoegaze act Black Oil Incinerator, Kelley was the leading force behind the indie rock band Invisible Hours and Smith had his own solo endeavor under the name Glowing Cloud. On March 20, they released their debut album “Water Motor Gong Bell” and it’s purely excellent.
As one might expect if they’re familiar with the stylistic leanings of Duffy, Kelley and Smith, the new album has an abundance of noise and distortion. This is accented by the tight rhythms forged from the drums and bass while the guitar riffs and chords set the tone in consistent fashion. There’s a sense of cohesiveness and compactfulness that’s present within the tracks as well. Each song has a lot going on in terms of arrangement and structure but these elements aren’t elongated or played out. Anyone who’s a fan of the fuzzed out alt-rock from the ‘80s and ‘90s will definitely dig this record while eagerly awaiting Exploding Zones’ next installment.
Jared Mann once again did a stellar job on the recording and mixing duties at his Distorted Forest Studio located in rural North Smithfield. The sound quality of “Water Motor Gong Bell” is fantastic from start to finish with everything coming in clear and not too overbearing, which can be difficult to pull off when you’re processing this amount of amplification. Scott Craggs’ handling of the album’s mastering via Old Colony Mastering in South Boston can’t be overlooked either. His skills provided the necessary finishing touches in order to make everything sound really good. This is especially evident in the songs “Setting Son,” “Parking Lot” and “I Don’t Want To Hurt Your Feelings.”
Even though I only mentioned a few tracks off of the album, I highly suggest listening to it all the way through to get the full experience. It’s also the best way to hear how all the music comes together as one singular entity. Speaking of best ways, the best way to give “Water Motor Gong Bell” a listen is by logging on to Exploding Zones’ Bandcamp page at explodingzones.bandcamp.com. There you can give the record a stream and perhaps even purchase it for your own digital music library. It’s one of those albums that has a lot of substance and quality within it, so check it out for yourself and dive right in.
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