San Francisco Math-Rockers return with new pop 7”, yes I said Pop!
In eight minutes Giraffes? Giraffes! have created something that needs to be heard to be believed. The first minute of SugaaaaaSpazzazazz is a slow melodic, highly manipulated riff that jumps from sounding like circus music to a church organ and back again. Then BAM the drums come in and it sounds like the Mario theme on acid! This motif continues for the rest of the track. The riffs are hard and fast as are the drums. This isn’t Math Rock, its Math Pop! And it’s Math Pop at its best! Second track Swallowing Light is a more straight forward track, if such a thing can ever exist in the world of math. It’s also heavier. There is structure and repetition here. Swallowing Light is less psychotic than SugaaaaaSpazzazazz, but it’s no less inventive or intricate.
Chaos seems to rule supreme here, but after a few listens you realise that everything has been planned and there is order in place. While this isn’t for the faint hearted, there is a lot to engage with. Taking as many cues from Ornette Coleman, as Three Trapped Tigers and Nomeansno, Giraffes? Giraffes! successfully subvert pop-hooks and melodies into their maelstrom of organised disorder. What’s more it’s incredibly playable, and after each listen you understand a bit more of this complex, yet catchy eight minutes of pandemonium and turbulence that is Giraffes? Giraffes! and Math-Pop.