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Proof positive that eclectically for its own sake is not necessarily a good thing, this Memphis-based quintet's experimental rock sound is difficult to pin down. Sure, the lineup may seem normal at first glance, with vocals, two guitars, bass, drums, and a fifth man handling loops, beats, and turntables. But Big Ass Truck's sound jumps around more than hyperactive kangaroos listening to House of Pain, making The Rug a largely hit-and-miss proposition. The opening track, "The Path," may have you ready to compare them to Medeski, Martin & Wood, but the tweaked-out jazz-pop of "The Wardrobe" is so damn jumbled, you'll start to second-guess your first impression. The piano-driven pop of "Locked In" may remind you of a less compositionally mature Ben Folds, but the hypnotic percussion, spaghetti western guitar, and children's chant of "The Me" sounds like nobody you've ever heard before. Ultimately, Big Ass Truck comes across as either a young band still in search of its own sound, or a frustrated one who've been through the industry ringer enough times to just have fun and not give a damn what critics think. Either way, it makes for a frustratingly erratic listen.


Formé(s) : 1993

Genre : Rock

Années d’activité : '90s, '00s

Big Ass Truck was formed in the mid-'90s in Memphis around core members Steve Selvidge (guitar) and Robert Barnett (drums). The psychedelic funk band released its debut album on a local label in 1995 and gained a following in the South by touring with 311. After touring fairly extensively throughout the Southeast, Big Ass Truck was put in contact with Upstart Records in Boston via Robert Gordon, author of "It Came From Memphis." Upstart re-released the group's debut along with the sophomore album,...
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