Exposé Online banner

Operation ID — Legs
(Tables & Chairs C003, 2011, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-04-01

Legs Cover artAfter seeing Operation ID on a bill with Moraine and Wah Wah Exit Wound in Seattle, I knew this band was something special, with a quirky and intelligent take on indie rock, too poppish for "math" but way more complex than your average indie darlings. Even still, I was not prepared for this CD. Throw Operation ID right up there at the top of the heap with Cheer-Accident in whatever kind of music is that you'd label that particular heap with. Labels aside, this is just amazing stuff. There are angular guitar lines (sometimes doubled by the sax) that carry a whiff of Fripp, there are interlocking vocal parts that give a hint of Gentle Giant, there are stop-and-start rhythms harking to Tortoise. And it's all messed around with a sense of humor. I particularly like the track "Different People's Perception of the Same Thing" where it starts with a complex guitar line and a melody on the sax, and then they trade places and the sax plays the backing line and the guitar takes the melody. Then they drift into a floating section with a synth part reminiscent of old console game music. Operation ID is staking out a unique corner of the Seattle scene for their eccentric take on progressive rock, taking listeners unawares with accessible sounds and then whacking them with sticks of complexity. Can't wait for their next full-length effort!

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Operation ID

More info
http://store.opidmusic.com/album/legs

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Aera - Türkis / Live – Last issue I covered the reissue of the first two Aera albums, and now Erlkönig present the band’s third studio effort and their live album. Türkis finds the band almost completely changed during...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues