Brainchild, an up and coming band that hails from the
The album begins with the methodical funk of "Beethoven the Dog," which lopes by gradually and unassuming. The carefree funk that guides the beginning of the song is replaced with strident, aggressive guitar to bring the jam home. "Green" saunters along lazily, incorporating jazzy flourishes on guitar and drums, before turning up the intensity. "Follow the Mornin' Sun" seems reminiscent of the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead, with distorted guitar and carefree lyrics coming into prominence. "Mace Daddy," with ambling guitar and loose-ended funk, seems playful and disarming, but gallops to a frantic conclusion on the strength of stratospheric guitar. "Bomb Tom" commences as a straightforward workout on guitar, but changes gear in the latter half of this song, delving into more atonal, jazzy experimentation. This characteristic is evident on many tracks, as particular songs venture from jazz to jam to funk and back with reckless abandon. "Take a Stand," the longest track on this album, exemplifies this same line of thinking, with portions of the song that morph from jazz to jam to straightforward rock, without so much as blinking an eye. "Arts Motel" incorporates playful guitar and lyrics into moments that sound like the soundtrack from some 70s grindhouse flick. "Flip Up" closes the album with funk and jazz overtones, sounding like some distant "jam band" cousin to the work done by Miles Davis for his "On the Corner" album.
In presenting "One Word," Brainchild offers their distinctive blend of jazz-influenced, psychedelic rock-n-roll, and illustrates them as a band willing to take chances. The band never seems to lay in an established groove for too long, journeying back and forth from jazz to jam to funk with remarkable capability. This versatility, when coupled with excellent musicianship, makes their musical selections varied and interesting. As a band that is working to develop their fan-base and spread the word, Brainchild offers up intriguing enticement with this selection of 8 tracks, deftly fusing varied song styles and lengths to create a sonically interesting package. After hearing "One Word," I am curious to see what further musical statements Brainchild will offer.
- By J. Evan Wade