CD Title: Lot Lizards
Label: Independent Release (2015)
Rating: Satisfying 3/5
You know how much I dislike having too many labels to describe Progressive Rock music right? Well one of my few concessions is the term Alt-Prog. Itís a term I use to classify bands that have a very alternative, contemporary sensibility but infuse their music with an undeniable Prog approach. Such is the case with the oddly named Portland, Oregon based power-trio, Bangbakc and the music they create on Lot Lizards. If I might generalize Alt-Prog is at times clamorous and often angst-ridden, and I mean that in a good way. The music goes through all the proper proggy moves, changing time, tempo and dynamics. Songs, as on Lot Lizards tend to be longer allowing for many musical change-ups, loads of angularity, a little dissonance and just a dash of dramatic introspection. Youíll experience all of what Iíve described on the opening track ďThe Theme to The Lot LizardsĒ [11:01]. And thereís even more to experience on the remaining six compositions including some absolutely grand melodic, anthemic riffs. Often times out of nowhere youíll hear the strangest musical bits and pieces. Similarly the music often swivels from one distinctly rock-influenced segment into something completely different. It all makes for a very creative listening experience. It is music that is obviously influenced by the prog musical tradition, but bears little resemblance to anything you might have heard before. And I guess thatís a good thing, right? This is actually the second album of a three-part story line and as I say makes for some intriguing listening. Well worth checking out.