This London-based trio spent many hours rehearsing in order to concoct their own approach toward instrumental rock music and released their debut album on a label known for releasing idiosyncratic music. The band unquestionably developed its own sound, although the influence of both surf music and the instrumental guitar compositions of Captain Beefheart loom large. As in both these contrasting styles, Kenny Process Team's music winds up with a considerable classical influence, without getting there by taking any kind of normal classical approach. The musicians learned the music by rote, cramming it into their heads through repetition and using repetition itself as part of the structure. Here is where there's a tendency toward dullness, as the catchy and quirky phrases that make up these instrumentals are often repeated in similar numbers, so the listener starts being able to predict what is going to happen next. Guitarist Kevin Plummer has a melodic gift that is worth keeping an ear open for, although working in the context of this band certainly didn't bring him great success. Drummer Dave Ross invented a method of slicing drum sticks in half, lengthwise, so that the band could practice without disturbing the neighbors, and the rhythmic propulsion and firm structure he brings to these pieces without ever being overbearing is a great part of their success.
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AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne