>>Powerbleeder has made a career out of being as avant-garde as possible. On G u s h, that attitude builds to a sound that’s never been heard before.
Powerbleeder isn’t afraid to be weird. Too many modern bands attempt to emulate each other’s success and end up copying a sound that’s already been proven. If you’re wondering why there are so many skinny white boys trying to be The 1975, that’s it. Powerbleeder, thankfully, does the opposite. They seem to actively shun any musical trope that’s proven to be marketable. It’s that exploratory attitude that always seems to lead to new genres, new ideas, and new music.
When Powerbleeder decides they’re going to try something out, they delve wholeheartedly into it. There’s no “Oh, we want to get a bit more electronic, let’s throw one synth into a surf rock song.” G u s h has songs entirely in Japanese, surf-rock instrumentals, and synth-jazz. All on a five-song EP. They refuse to half-ass any idea, and it’s utterly refreshing.
Unfortunately, in their quest to advance the face of music, Powerbleeder seems to have forgotten one key aspect: meaning. G u s h is a compilation of songs that are entertaining and interesting, but they’re not really about anything. Sure, there’s technically a subject to the lyrics, but there isn’t much feeling behind it. It’s music that’s about something but doesn’t mean much of anything.
Over all, G u s h is hard to describe. It tries to do so many things at the same time and succeeds at some of them. It’s not afraid to be different, to be weird. Ultimately, though, G u s h is better in theory than execution. It’s missing the emotion behind the music. Though, can’t you say the same for any 1975 ripoff? 3.8/5 <<