With heavy influence from 90’s rock and grunge, The Guru Guru pays tribute to the likes of METZ, Deerhoof, Coheed And Cambria, and the Mars Volta. The sophomore album Point Fingers pulls no punches with what it is: energetic rock, with big splashes of experiential and funk. The quintet from Belgium comes out swinging, and even in those moments where they aren’t swinging at full strength, it’s still a knock out hit.
The band creates whirling guitars, funky bass lines, and pulsing drums – all creating an environment that feels familiar, but somehow still new. ‘Mache’ is the perfect example of this; with a slow build-up opening the record, you’re anticipating getting hit hard once the instruments kick in. And it does just that.
Curating a sound that holds true throughout the record, the unique arrangements vocally and instrumentally grab you and don’t let go.
‘Charmer’ has the essence of System Of A Down with the sporadic spoken word and arrangement shifts. ‘Know No’ is a standout track in the diversity it brings. It’s a more mellow track for the record; highlighting vocals along with bass lines, the track gives a calmness that is much needed on such a high energy album. ‘Delaware’ is also a standout track; with the drumming precision being a huge focal point, the track carries with perfectly balanced energy and technical strength.
The album is chock full of moments of excellence, from sporadic singing to the diverse instrumental aspects of the record. A well-balanced album with heaviness, funkiness, and emotional tracks, Point Fingers disrupts the stigma of sophomore slumps and should be getting people excited about the future of The Guru Guru.