Evil Giraffes on Mars | Cydonia

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by Evil Giraffes on Mars

This Brooklyn based powerhouse quintet has put forth one of the most eclectic and promising debuts of 2009. An edgy, aggressive, aural space invasion. This is the instrumental soundtrack to War of the Worlds, but with giraffes.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where's Dave?
7:26 $0.99
2. Burn
5:34 $0.99
3. Morning On the Red Planet
6:10 $0.99
4. Black Tongue
7:35 $0.99
5. Murky Water
10:48 $0.99
6. Shango Tango
5:52 $0.99
7. Merge
10:23 $0.99
8. Michael's Ladder
11:37 $0.99
9. Enki's Minion
9:08 $0.99
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Simply put, Evil Giraffes on Mars are the best (or worst) band that you (or someone else) have ever heard (or not heard). But we are a band nonetheless, and one guy did say we were "awesome" once. Let it be known, now and forever, that his comment was completely unprovoked! We can't even imagine what he would have said had we been fishing for compliments... Regardless, we are known in small circles for our genre bending sensibilities, fueled by a deep respect for all things musical. Combining elements of jazz, rock, funk, punk, hip hop, classical, world beat, and a love of tasty sandwiches, we have created a new beast! An Evil Giraffe!! Lock your doors, hide your daughters and finish your cold cuts!

Evil Giraffes on Mars are:

John Cave - Guitar
Doron Lev - Drums
Ryan Slotnick - Keyboards
Jamaal Sawyer - Tenor Saxophone
Matt La Von - Alto & Soprano Saxophone



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Matt Cole (DooBeeDooBeeDoo contributor)

A new beast coming out from Brooklyn: the Evil Giraffes on Mars!
Cydonia, while rooted in jazz, draws sounds and influences from many other musical genres. At times, the sound is almost that of prog (“Where's Dave,” “Black Tongue”) with odd and angular meters, metal guitar tones, and on the latter an overall sound that reminded me a little of Dream Theatre. Other songs took the feel of modern jazz (“Murky Water”), almost-Southern rock with a twin saxophone lead (“Morning on the Red Planet”), funk (“Merge”), and even a tango (the aptly named “Shango Tango”), while almost always retaining the band's core sound. The band flows together tightly (but not so much so that it sounds rigid), has a wide and well-used dynamic range, can go from exuberant to ominous in the space of a song, and has a high energy throughout the album. The only thing I might have changed would have been to add a slower number; the frenetic pace does not slow down until the album's eighth track (“Michael's Ladder”); however, that is only a matter of taste. In general, the excellent playing by John Cave (guitar), Matt La Von (alto and soprano sax), Doron Lev (drums, percussion, hand claps, and giraffe noises), Jamaal Sawyer (tenor sax), and Ryan Slotnick (keyboards, and most of the songwriting) make for an enjoyable listen. This is a band which could do well both at progressive jazz clubs and prog rock festivals.
(Review: http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/?p=15255)