What a long-storied history Gelatinus Cube has had. The same could be said for Tuned Up’s history with this weird band.
Over the years running this blog, frontman Pat Chase has been one eclectic individual to get know. I’ve spent time with him and his band in just about every kind of music environment: attics, pizza pub basements, punk house porches, skate parks, and neighborhood warehouses.
Gelatinus is all over the map and yet completely predictable, in a good way. Scratch that; predictable is the wrong word. I began listening to GCube when they submitted a record called Thank You, Coconut for review and now, three albums later, I can’t predict where they’ll go, but nothing I hear from them is a surprise. Wild Animal Land is the latest from a very prolific DIY band. GCube is a band for the true misfits—not just the people that say they are to fit in with the “scene” or because they wanna be DIY.
Wild Animal Land is an endearing album. Endearing because of its confidence and quirkiness. The more I listen, the more I feel that way. That vibe really began to make sense to me just now, as I listened through “See No Trees” for the third time. “Vinewood Beach” introduces some tasty, tasty sax that makes me think of this band as a late night drive artist for the first time. If you know me, that’s a big plus.
Wild Animal Land is undoubtedly a record that’s “back heavy.” Listen to the album from start to finish and you’ll be rewarded. “Skyjammin'” shakes up my late night groove with some dark cabaret-esque sounding vocals. Listen to a band called Insomniac Folklore to see what I mean. The album closer is a delightful earworm that is classic Gelatinus Cube in every way—with some added flute. Have you ever heard some exceptionally weird psych rock and thought to yourself “this needs some woodwinds!”? If not, shame on you.
Well, shame on me then. And kudos to Pat Chase, Tim Swanson, Sean Castanien, Adam Woelfel, and Mike Daull for another fun release. I used to wish your albums were more produced, but now I feel that if they were, they’d lose their charm. Never change!