Title - 'Juan Dissed The Cyclops Baby'
Artist - Bulgogi
Not to be confused with a Korean dish that usually consists of grilled marinated beef (or perhaps it is meant to be, in some wacky way?!), Chicago-based psychedelic post-punk band Bulgogi have finally released their highly anticipated third album, Juan Dissed The Cyclops Baby.
Complete with operatic falsettos, massive drum overtures, and some stunning guitar work, Juan Dissed The Cyclops Baby - which is still one of my most favorite album titles of the past decade - is a 4-track collection of tracks fit to restore a psychedelic post-punk flashback into the hearts and minds of today's youth.
1. 'School' (4:46)
2. 'Hymn' (5:30)
3. 'The Drill' (6:51)
4. 'Rotten' (7:10)
Recorded at Retrofeed Studios and The Galaxy in Asheville, NC, produced by Nick Jones, with brilliant artwork by Drew Hall, and the first ever recording as a four piece, Juan Dissed The Cyclops Baby contains 4 tracks that, once heard, will never be quickly forgotten, of that have no worries.
I mean, just the EP opener 'School' is enough to make you rethink music. Opening with a few country-tinged twangs, lead singer Tim Tsuratani's falsetto is delightful on the seemingly pop-punk cut, but soon he breaks into some demonically possessed, low growling Cradle Of Filth-esque vibe. 'Hymn' pretty much carries that growl onward, where as both 'The Drill' and my personal favorite, 'Rotten' both tend to allow more falsetto melodies to flow.
Combining the musical elements known as dance punk, emo, nercore punk, and even (according to their very own BandCamp website, intercourse with demons, Bulgogi (Tim Tsuratani - Vocals, Guitar; Galen Dotson - Bass; Ryan Comer - Guitar; and Hugh Huffstutler - Drums) is a band that has already made a massive impact on their local music scene - and now with Juan Dissed The Cyclops Baby, it's hard not to see them break country wide ... if not well beyond.