S PRCSS – Tastes Like Daughter EP

S PRCSS
Tastes Like Daughter EP

Perspective can mean a whole helluva lot, especially in the arts. And while the perspective discussed is usually that of the participant, the perspective of the artist is equally important. It is unlikely, for example, that Jackson Pollock approached a canvas the same way Jacques-Louis David did. Steinbeck didn’t approach the page the same way Hemingway did. In the audio realm, the perspectives with which musicians approach their instruments produces fascinating variance: Kevin Shields no doubt saw something completely different when he picked up a guitar than Keith Richards.

The point, of course, is that the members of S PRCSS seem to approach their instruments in a very different way than most bands. They shape warm, circular guitar patterns, little popping bass bubbles, and strict, pulse-like drumming. The trio often gets lumped into the “dance-punk” movement, perhaps rightly so, but whereas The Rapture use anthemic shouts and coke-y nostalgia, S PRCSS winds the instruments up and lets them bump into each other for several minutes at a time.

Tastes Like Daughter, the new EP from S PRCSS, brings this somewhat unusual approach to the table, and unfortunately, doesn’t come up with quite the results the band was looking for. The guitar sounds are certainly intriguing: trance-like, warm with reverb, and somehow lapping each other in odd rhythms and tempos. The drums and the bass, meanwhile, seem mostly in place to stay out of the guitars’ ways, and as such, the rhythmic backbone of Tastes Like Daughter is noticeably absent. Because while these are finely-constructed, gutty pop tunes, they are by no means groundbreaking or listenable based solely on their hooks. They’re also nowhere near fast enough to get feet moving, which is either a reflection of the band’s inability to create a soul-stirring track, or perhaps more likely that the media just had these cats pegged wrong all along.

Nonetheless, the methodical lonely pace of these songs catches up with the band, even on this six-song EP. The opener, “Look: Explosion! New Spring” is immediately interesting, as the band really has crafted a fairly unique sound palate to draw from. Repeated listens, however, sap the EP of the little energy it does have. Songs that once seemed methodical and pretty turn stagnant, and shouted vocals are neither rousing nor particularly catchy.

All of this leaves the listeners without a good place to nestle themselves into the EP. S PRCSS clearly has a lot of things working in its favor, but until these musicians can mold their ideas into a consistently compelling album, ears will likely turn elsewhere.