Yonder Peak is a self-described “proggy/punk” band from just outside Toronto that consists of James Stajov (bass), Chris Harry (drums) and Ethan Pounds (vocals/guitar). They recently released a huge sounding eccentric self-titled rock EP Yonder Peak. To put it bluntly the band just tears it up over five songs. They reminded me at times of the stellar band Battles in how they combine jarring rhythmic complexity that will make your brain buzz with visceral emotional connectivity that comes from the stomach.
All I could think about was what these guys sound like live. It’s just such explosive loud music that its gotta be one helluva ride that most three-pieces would have no idea how to achieve, On top of the songs being off the beaten path the production is tight. Snare sounds like a machine gun – check; bass sounds complete with a solid low end – check; the album is covered with lots of distortion – check.
The band doesn't waste any time getting down with “The Glow That I Know.” The first 30 seconds are blankets of white noise that gets bombarded by heavy tom work and screeching guitars. As the song progresses the listener becomes illuminated to the degree of technical prowess the musicians are bringing. The guitar solo sounds like it’s going to break apart at points, as the drummer isn't content doing anything that wouldn't involve an extra limb. They break down a bit (reminded me of Primus at points) as the guitar shrivels and unravels as the bass takes the lead. “Left In Blue” combines asymmetrical rhythms that clash and collide with an onslaught of guitar and bass while “Your Eyes Eat The Most” is another highlight in where the singer sounded a bit like Travis Morrison from Dismemberment Plan.
The album ends with a bang and doesn't hold anything back on “Does It? (It Does).” The band just tears it up. There really isn't anything else you need to know. They bring it from all angles. This nausea-inducing album makes most other albums sound like commercial pop that your pastor listens to. It creates a concoction of juxtaposed chaos that sounds like its being played at a party on the verge of madness. It is highly recommended.
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