Triclops! is an ambitious band. Formed by friends from four other bands (The Fleshies, Lower Forty-Eight, Bottles & Skulls and Victim's Family), they have assembled a musical force that is intent on making music that is loud, complex and somewhat disquieting.
Mr. Lizard? Meet Mr. Addiction.
Jane's Addiction headlined the first Lollapalooza and Jesus Lizard was on the mainstage five years later, but to my knowledge, the two never actually toured together, and the thought of the two bands jamming together would, to most, be a completely foreign concept.
But that's what Triclops! sounds like.
Triclops! manages to pack a lot into the space of a four-song ep (although the songs are quite long, and the ep runs about 30 minutes). They're not afraid to throw all kinds of time and sound transitions at you, and they're not concerned with how you'll take it.
So you end up with tracks like the 10-minute "Bug Bomb", a song that forces frantic sloppy angry punk down your until you're gasping for air, and then supplies relief with big, majestic guitar-lines a la a Jane's Addiction tracks like "Mountain Song." Johnny Geek's vocals even sound like an unholy amalgam of Perry Ferrell and David Yow.
The ep's prolific time changes never sound contrived in that horrific math rock way, where a band changes speed because that's what they feel they are supposed to do. The songs change up their speed because that's really what needs to happen. These are not just punk rock songs, these are genuine compositions from genuine musicians.
After you first hear this record, you'll have two thoughts. The first is that you'll want to hear it again. Go ahead, it's even better on concurrent plays. The second thought will be when you're trying to decide if you should appreciate this album as a musical work, or simply turn it up and enjoy rocking out to it. Honestly, both choices are valid, and whichever you choose, you're listening to this album in just the right way.