|GOTHIC TROPIC — FAST OR FEAST (May 19th, 2017)|
GOTHIC TROPIC — FAST OR FEAST (May 19th, 2017) Location: Los Angeles, California
Album release: May 19th, 2017
Record Label: Old Flame Records
01. Stronger 3:53
02. How Life Works 4:05
03. Teenage Behavior 3:53
04. Your Soul 3:09
05. Chemical Trail 3:20
06. Don’t Give Me Up 3:09
07. If It Had A Body 1:36
08. Major 4:07
09. Cry Like A Man 3:31
10. Feed You To The Sharks 3:26
By Jason Atkinson. Rating: 10
•¬• Ok. This album is killer. Cecilia Della Peruti is pretty much destroying it here. Gothic Tropic knows what they are doing. Peruti herself is very experienced. Career minded is probably the better word: her Linkedin profile consists of nothing more than a long list of bands performed in dating back from when, I guess, she emerged from her mother’s womb. Oh, and writing film scores. Also, her mother is a well~known opera singer. And Dad’s a jazz composer. And she’s from New Jersey, where only the strong survive.
•¬• What does that mean? It means she’s a badass, people.
•¬• What results is a first~rate rock and roll album. It checks all the boxes. Vocals. Songwriting. Solos. And it sounds so good from a production standpoint. I mean, this stuff is original, but also honed and polished — star~making machinery. “Stronger” is so catchy and jumpy, so much fun. It makes me want to jump out of my chair and move, but it also surprises with unexpected twists on pop song structure. Is this the kind of single that could actually cut through the Selena Gomez pop blah?
•¬• Can I dream?
•¬• Did I mention that the video for “Stronger” features a crane shot of Peruti and her band on motorcycles?
•¬• The writing is solid on this album, track after track. “How Life Works,” is a fantastic tune, recalling 90’s band Lush. “Teenage Behaviour,” has afro~beat elements, lots of reverb, and a Pat Metheny/Mike Stern sounding guitar solo. “Your Solo” reminds me of the band Tennis. “Chemical Trail” has incredibly layered vocals and great synth sounds. “Don’t Give Me Up,” features palm muted guitars and 80’s vibes. •¬• “Major” features sophisticated harmony, but I would have liked a bit more from the guitar solo, it didn’t do much for the song. Naturally, it’s hard to sustain such a high level of writing, and I think the closing tracks on this album aren’t as strong as the earlier ones. Still, they are pretty damn good. “Feed You to the Sharks” starts mellow and leaves us with Peruti intoning her desire to feed the listener (or someone else, I can’t make out the lyrics) to that most fearsome of sea creatures. It might hurt a little, but you still want her to do it because let’s face it, she’s got skills.
•¬• Cecilia Della Peruti and Gothic Tropic need to break big. Listen to this album! •¬• https://soundblab.com/
Peruti on that band name, blending genres, and life on the road.
•¬• Della Peruti started out with piano and violin lessons at age six and later played flute in her middle school jazz band, flirting with several different instruments before landing on guitar and singing. Her earliest musical experiences came at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, when both her parents were in the company, but Della Peruti’s own creative path rejected formal training in favor of a less structured approach to music.
•¬• “I try to avoid understanding theory from an academic perspective because I don’t want to lose the gnostic effect I get from listening to music,” she says. “My forte was in visual arts so I pursued that seriously as a kid. I wrote in high school and started a punk band that got some great shows in what was our version of ‘the punk scene’ around Hollywood and Silver Lake. After that, I started playing out with an acoustic guitar and original songs at around 19 or 20. “I try to avoid understanding theory from an academic perspective because I don’t want to lose the gnostic effect I get from listening to music,” she says. “My forte was in visual arts so I pursued that seriously as a kid. I wrote in high school and started a punk band that got some great shows in what was our version of ‘the punk scene’ around Hollywood and Silver Lake. After that, I started playing out with an acoustic guitar and original songs at around 19 or 20.”
•¬• Having lived in Los Angeles since she was 12, Della Peruti describes the city’s music scene as “reciprocal,” in both her day job as a session musician and what’s often a night gig with Gothic Topic. “Everyone in my community looks out for each other and wants to aid in advancing each other’s careers. I don’t feel any sense of competition. Especially in the gig life, I’m constantly acting as an agent for friends and they’re doing the same for me.”
•¬• Gothic Tropic recently finished recording its debut full length album, a blend of timeless pop rock sensibilities with modern production recalling ‘90s shoegazers at one moment and ‘70s radio hits at another. All of it adds up to what Della Peruti says is the first piece of music she’s made that she’s truly proud of. She describes her approach to creativity in simple terms: “I think it begins very naturally and unintentionally, and when the cathartic moment passes I get to start poking holes. I’m actually excited to start finding errors in my work. I don’t necessarily know what the right decision is but I’m pretty clear on what doesn’t work.” Make it work, Cecilia.
Interview BY MADI SILVERS: http://www.vanyaland.com/2015/04/29/interview-gothic-tropics-cecilia-della-peruti-on-that-band-name-blending-genres-and-life-on-the-road/
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2015 / http://www.psychedelicbabymag.com/2015/02/gothic-tropic-interview-with-cecilia.html
|GOTHIC TROPIC — FAST OR FEAST (May 19th, 2017)|