Alright, you’ve likely never heard anything like ‘Droid Intelligence’ by Burn Thee Insects before. Unless you were already blessed and had a chance to listen to this remarkably unique debut release. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I heard the album for the first time, I was ‘pleasantly confused’ for the lack of a better term.
For me even trying to give you an idea of what the band sounds like is destined to fail. Because I wouldn’t even know whom to compare them to. Or what genre to bucket them into. So forgive me in this unsophisticated attempt in trying to at least give you a vague concept of what you can expect as you put this record on your turntable; think of a spectrum encompassing a broad variety of musical genres, where you have traditional Heavy Rock on one side – and on the other, think of the background music you would hear in TV commercials of the 70ies (light, upbeat and appropriately corny, considering the era). So you got these two seemingly dichotomous musical variations – but if that wasn’t enough, just add a good portion of Doom, Stoner, Psychedelic, Blues, Punk and Desert.
I don’t blame you. Because I probably just miserably failed in trying to somehow describe the material on ‘Droid Intelligence’.
Here is a much better, succinct and concise way to put the aforementioned into something more comprehensible; “We have created a new genre. Like it or not, you’ll like it.” (band quote from their Facebook page).
Voila, perfectly put! This is EXACTLY how I feel about it.
Whenever I listen to ‘Droid Intelligence’ I get this comfortably unnerving feeling. Because this album shouldn’t work considering the underlying concept. And the enormous risk the father-son duo took in putting this record together. I’d love to learn from them if they had a plan they followed of if they just went with ‘the flow’.
I can’t really articulate or describe it in another way, but while I have no idea how Droid Intelligence (Lucust French and Mitchell French) pulled this off, they succeeded as far as I am concerned. Is ‘Burn Thee Insects’ a weird album? Maybe, ‘weird’ is a relative term, of course, and it ultimately comes down to a matter of personal perception – but I’m confident that you’ll agree with me in that however they did it, it just works and as for me, I LOVE IT!
Seriously, I can’t wait for their next release. I’m curious if they will stick to the path their own on change direction. I hope it’s the former, but hey, I guess whatever Lucust and Mitchell tackle next, I’m sure it will be something unique or at the very least, out of the ordinary.
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