Seaweed Jack makes oddly involving cacophonies: irregular rhythms and compositional fugues adorned with bells and whistles, occasionally quite literally. Thumping, heavily syncopated bass lines drive one standout track, “The Noise That Changed Your Mind,” from its opening notes into the fluttering saxophone riffs that close the song. The song is a mass of music, developing tension fueled by machine-gun guitar and just plain weird lyrics recited in a circus barker voice.
The rest of The Captain is just as relentlessly inventive, edgy rock composed for players with jazz improvisation chops. While undeniably unusual, the album never lacks for energy. Even while wandering into bizarre arrangements, the Spokane (yeah, Spokane) quintet manages to be alternately rhythmic, raucous and eerie—never sacrificing euphony to
Without losing its bearings, Seaweed Jack explores vast swaths of musical terrain with an impeccable sense of direction and timing. The Captain is a curious and engaging album—energy, ambition, capability and craft in a single explosive effort. You won’t believe you’ve never heard of this band. (Jason Wiener)
Seaweed Jack plays Saturday, April 21, at 9 PM at the Elk’s Lodge. $5.