Project 64

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Noisy New York trio Gapeseed assembled 11 songs of manic and experimental indie rock on Project 64. "His Is the Acetate Sceptor" is a startling opener, and it's followed by the rambunctious "Ride Inside My Ghost." The band's volatile mixture of punk rock swagger and a wondrous willingness to push the sonic envelope results in an impressive album. "Dusty Trophy" starts off sounding like a soothing ballad, but it soon unfolds into Jon Spencer Blues Explosion-like musical mayhem. While many of the songs seem chaotic, a steady, emotional undercurrent ties the songs together. Parts of "Yellow Venom" sound like a lost Beck B-side, and "Deficit Hair" is rooted in the same kind of roller coaster indie rock tempo that Polvo perfected in the mid-'90s. The disc ends with the blistering "Electroshock Oracle." While many of the songs are choppy and disjointed, it seems as if that's exactly how Gapeseed wanted it. The group's cathartic and thoughtful song structures serve as a tribute to the trio's friendship. The grad school friends stayed together for this disc, the follow-up to Lo Cell. Ed Feldman remained at the helm on guitar and vocals, while Mike Knowlton and Pete Gordon were on bass and drum duties, respectively. Project 64 was recorded with Bob Weston in Chicago in the summer of 1996 and was released later that year on San Diego's Silver Girl Records.