Gene Wildest — Future Flowers (April 18, 2019)              Gene Wildest — Future Flowers (April 18, 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Album release: April 18, 2019
Recorded: at Gradwell House and Napping Dawg Studios
Genre: Psychedelic / Space Rock
Record Label: Napping Dawg Records
Duration:     39:18
01. Bill Heath   4:03
02. Just Let Me Bleed   4:15
03. So Long   3:22
04. Sweetness to Tongue   5:00
05. Digital Beast   3:08
06. Psychedelic Frolic   4:32
07. Kiss Before the War   3:46
08. Future Breakfasts   4:31
09. If You Ain’t Know Just Smile   3:17
10. Teledreaming   3:24
■     Brian Corbett — Vocals, Guitar, Keys
■     Rob Ealer — Guitar, Keys
■     Sean Corbett — Bass, Vocals
■     Dave Ashcraft — Drums
•      Future Flowers is the third full~length album from Philadelphia~based alt~rock band Gene Wildest. It’s math rock~inspired psychedelic rock meant for guitar nerds and regular ol’ weirdos alike. The title stems from the idea that one day we’re all just going to be places for future flowers to grow, a theme pervasive throughout the band’s catalog. Legends from the days of yore have declared that Gene Wildest “can channel the whole of rock history in the span of a song” (Steph Davies, WXPN’s The Key, 2018). A stone tablet unearthed in Miami carried an inscription proclaiming that the band have “sonically quantified the type of music that I want to smoke weed and/or cry to” (Olivia McAuley, Too Much Love Magazine, 2018). An ancient burial urn exhumed in 2018 featured a single inscription, reading “I know it sounds crazy, but Gene Wildest are an absolute delight from beginning to end” (Steve Howe, Outlaws of the Sun, 2018). Whispers through the trees of ancient forests have been heard, uttering that “I like that one song with that pretty part” (our moms, once). In short, if you enjoy sick guitar riffs, sultry bass lines, and dope beats, then you’ll enjoy Future Flowers. Your mom might, too.
•     Our first featured track “Psychedelic Frolic” is an exquisite display of how funk rhythm guitar mannerisms can be strengthening glue when alongside Midwestern natured double~hand tapping. Opening with a solidly bold melody that syncopates triplets against pop friendly extensions, the song is sheer anachronism. Establishing coherence akin to “Second Greatest Dad Ever”, low~fi string aesthetics mesh with far darker and purer; dare I say alternative, vocals?
•     The intricate playing is softed and low~riding matching the vocals narrations, flawlessly making them seem to sway in tango, as one. The dominant force of “Psychedelic Frolic” is however and unmistakably the underlining drum pattern. “The Mars Volta's”, “Cicatrez Esp”, groove is interpreted through the lens of a less spastically paced tempo all the while maintaining the forward pushing alacrity felt by this particular common phrase. Ex: (do~edoe~do~ ta~). The dotted 8th (in between) kick drum and snare placement accommodates for the anticipation felt even when diluted via mid~tempo swaggers. This phrase is one of the paragons of pocket playing.
•     Juggling this at slow speeds is harder than one may assume. Embedded in the constraints of a slower tempo, the two empty beats really get to work creating air, breath and the lingering mystique within uncertainty. The listener will especially enjoy the distending growth and abundance of influences “Gene Wildest” can get out of this singular idiom, as the 4:32 minutes never sway from maintaining its initial pulse. Not to sell it short, it must be stated that the group often cleverly trade musical duties not only starting a conversation with the listener but more importantly, each other. This helps the listener and the band co~inhabit and ease into seemingly aberrantly absurd sonic combinations.
•     Featuring superbly funky bass that squares fusion, “Sweetness to Tongue” amalgamates ambivalence by combining the later with 90’s pop~rock and delay effected backdrops. Perennial 70’s flavors and key effects further add depth and a unique fervor. The guitar plays the catalyst for musical divergence and interplay taking a more quiescent position that rises and falls in volume with great emotional affectedness.
•     The tortuous noodling guitar is very reserved here, tying the entire song together. It is as though the restraints of minimalism are second nature often delving into explorative substitutions heavily inducing the entire era of classic rock psychedelica. “Gene Wildest” Are a very peculiar mélange and this fact becomes consistent throughout the entire record.
•     Bolstering nostalgia, the retrospective track “Teledreaming” exhumes worlds of imagination. A similar old school Midwestern outfit introduces a lush 8 + 7 phrase which loops effortlessly. With each passing progression the riff seems to burnish itself to a luster of polished diamond level melodic refinition. Out of nowhere celestial computer noise and stomping on all fours seems to set the band in reset acting as a fake ending before coming back to give the vocalist the last word. Perhaps the most daring composition “Gene Wildest” attain a personalized sound and direction so strong we predict the entire math rock community will take notice and be refreshed not only by complexity but acknowledge the bands mastery of dedicating oneself to the song and truly meaning it.