Insomniacs Dream

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Gutbucket, an anarchic yet sophisticated foursome from New York, debuts with this riotous melange of thrash rock, hyperactive funk, noir-ish Latin, and out jazz. Tongue-in-cheek antics aside, the band is often frighteningly tight, nailing complex unisons and rhythmic hits with unerring precision. Guitarist Ty Citerman is the group's main compositional voice, with seven of the 11 tracks to his credit. Bassist Eric Rockwin penned another three, including "Being Questioned About Iran-Contra While Eating French Onion Soup" (no explanation provided). Saxophonist Ken Thomson wrote the hard-grooving "Its," which segues into Cyterman's wailing finale, appropriately titled "Rock 'n Roll." Drummer Paul Chuffo is a powerhouse throughout all this, but especially on Rockwin's ultra-funky "Sweet Tooth, Bleeding Gums" (also a guitar showcase for Citerman). A promising debut from a band with a strong sense of purpose and an abundance of live energy.

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