Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Broken Lines

The term ‘supergroup’ is one that gets thrown around quite a lot when members of well established bands join together to form something new. However, in reality these so-called ‘supergroups’ don’t necessarily live up to the hype. Enter Giraffe Tongue Orchestra to completely break the mould and hit the ball out of the park with their debut record, Broken Lines.

When Alice In Chains frontman William DuVail decided he wanted to join forces with Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, founder and lead guitarist of hardcore legends, Dillinger Escape Plan, Ben Weinman, Dethklok bassist, Pete Griffin and drummer Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta fame, it got the taste buds of music fans around the world tingling.

If there was ever any worry that this collection of musicians would be another flash in the pan supergroup, it is instantly extinguished with opening track ‘Adapt or Die.’ Its catchy rhythm is layered with the vocal talents of DuVail, but the shredding solos introduced by the axe wielding pair of Weinman and Hinds gives GTO a real heavy hitting rock’n’roll sound. It’s this contrasting styles of the two guitarists which really makes Broken Lines a scintillating listen, something which really shines through in ‘Crucifixion’; kicking in with the chaotic vibes of a Dillinger track before changing the pace; adding in the grove influence of Mastodon.

The five-piece expertly smash together influences of prog, funk, metal, rock and electronica, a mix of styles that is never more perfectly executed than on album highlight, ‘Blood Moon’. It’s a showcase track which gives each member of the band a platform to shine. With its electronica intro, it really puts emphasis on DuVails lyrics and Pridgen’s drum work before the remaining members join in the fun.

DuVail’s vocals add an almost calming aura to the chaotic sound which is happening behind him and this is what makes GTO a band you don’t want to sleep on.

Even if the five-piece we not a ‘super group’ the music they have produced would hold its own and Broken Lines would certainly be in a lot of people’s album of the year lists.

3.5/5

Broken Lines is out now via Party Smasher Inc/Cooking Vinyl.

By Tim Birkbeck

Lover of all things music, wrestling and movies. The dream would be to interview Seth Rollins during a Modern Life is War show before going to watch a kick-ass film. Lives on the South Coast, Straight Edge