You know that feeling when you see that a supergroup just got formed out of some of your favorite bands? The excitement? Well toss that away because Echolocation is a massive fucking disappointment. I should clarify. Gone is Gone is a group consisting of members from Mastodon, At the Drive-In and Queens of the Stone Age. Or to put it simply, three of the greatest bands ever formed.
The least interesting members of three of the greatest bands ever formed.
I went into this thing expecting it to be like Brent Hinds, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Josh Homme because I’m too lazy to actually look things up on google. Also because that is pretty much my dream band. Can you imagine how good that would be? Fuck! But no, instead we get the vocalist from Mastodon, the second guitarist from QOTSA, and the drummer(!?) from At the Drive-In. Ok Ok Ok. They are still good musicians this can still be good right?
It’s not. I mean the performances are OK, but there’s no personality to any of these songs. Instead there’s just a whole lot of well-performed blandness. Sometimes a really inventive riff will show up and get your hopes up. Take “Resurge”. It starts off with this killer guitar riff that is reminiscent of QOTSA, with a nice, driving drum beat. Then the vocals come in and for some goddamn reason they stop using that riff. It would be fine if they replaced it with something interesting, but they don’t. They don’t replace it at all. Vocalist-man just sleeps through a verse, while everyone is off making a sandwich somewhere. I mean that riff resurfaces during the bridge and the outro, but it only serves to remind you of what could have been.
I think the major problem with this record is that Gone is Gone see how popular a lot of more atmospheric and melancholy sounds are these days. (See Miman) Unfortunately these sounds are the complete polar fucking opposites of the sounds that they are good at making. You’ll never see me listening to Queens of the Stone Age and ask “What if Batman made this song while on heroin?” You know why you’d never see me do that? Because it would be bat shit crazy. There are so many different things they could have done with this concept to make it more interesting, but they don’t because I don’t think they know what the word interesting means. I need to do some digging to find out if any of these people have anything to do with the songwriting process in their home bands.
I’m guessing not.
I don’t know. I feel like this could have been a lot better than it was. Maybe if they just condensed this down to 5-6 tracks it could have been good. I’m not saying that there is 5-6 good songs, but that there are enough good ideas for 5-6 good songs, it’s just a shame that they’re spread out between 12 incredibly mediocre tracks.
At least their cover of Portishead’s “Roads” is kinda neat. But I think that’s just because they didn’t have to write that song.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to Dummy because I need a palette cleanser.