Release Date: Oct 2, 2012
Record label: Temporary Residence
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
In the Simpsons episode "A Milhouse Divided", Marge and Homer renew their vows. Homer's self-written vows include a series of "sickness and in health" dualities, one of which is "in quiet solitude or blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated…" Rev. Lovejoy doesn't finish the sentence, but you get the picture. And if you've ever wondered what it would feel like to blast across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated something-or-other, Maserati VII gives you the chance to find out, if you play it at sufficient volume.
When drummer Jerry Fuchs passed away in a tragic accident in 2009, the space created in his absence was gigantic. Apart from being a friend to many and one of those man-about-town types who brings a certain life to communities, Fuchs was playing in an almost absurd amount of projects at the time of his death. One of these was Athens, Georgia-based Maserati, who had been churning out experimental instrumental rock since the early 2000s.
An instrumental rock band is free from the verses and chorsues of vocal music, and therefore has a pass to follow its collective nose. Maserati chooses to maintain structure, developing a theme and finding a logical conclusion. It’s a matter of discipline rather than simple repetition, and even if it’s hard to sing along, that doesn’t mean there’s not a hook.