Exposé Online banner

Gentleman Surfer — BLALKS
((Not on label) no#, 2013, DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-08-09

BLALKS Cover artThis Sacramento band is a perfect example of something coming out of the blue to blow you away. I don't even remember how I came across their page on Bandcamp, but I am so glad I did. Drummer/keyboardist Jon Bafus is the main force in the band, which started as his solo project. He's joined on this set by Drew Walker on bass and Barry McDaniel on guitar; all three sing, though much of the music is instrumental. The music is energetic and complex, but very catchy in the melodies. Instrumental parts range from aggressive punkish guitar to circular repeating patterns on keyboards. It's not quite as schizophrenic as Cheer-Accident, but is definitely along the same lines. Occasional thoughts of Battles also crop up, but there's more variety in sound here. For contrast, there are sections where the tempo drops off and crazy feedback bounces around. And there's a certain jazzy feel to the drums sometimes, which works surprisingly well with the stop-start riffs and nutty rhythmic shifts. I have no idea what BLALKS means, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to listen to, and a great example of the positive side of online music. If we were still relying on LPs being sent around through the mail, I'd never have found them, and I'm glad I did.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Gentleman Surfer

More info
http://gentlemansurfer.bandcamp.com/album/blalks-2

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Nautilus - What Colours the Sky in Your World? – Nautilus is a UK quartet of guitars, keyboards, drums, and bass. They play excellent instrumental music that is a melodic version of mid-period King Crimson, if you know what I mean. King Crimson can...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues