For a band that considers themselves “stoner/grunge,” I’m only really catching traces of either on Proof of Concept. I guess Gramma Vedetta have some fuzzier tones to match the stoner label, but they’re too fast paced for me to call it that, save for “Address Unknown.” There’s some newer aged hard rock mixed in too, but it’s not super grungy. Some riff patterns have that descending, Stone Temple Pilots like feel, namely “The Glitch.” but again, not really something that jumps out. Either way, Proof Of Concept is this London rock trio’s debut EP, and at the end of the day, what matters is that it’s a pretty solid spin.
Don’t go into this expecting those groggy vocals, because the vocals are a bit more pleasant on the ear than that. I wouldn’t call this a super vocal album, though. The singer’s voice is very tight, but the majority of the focus lies within the different coats and doses of instrumentation. More often than not, just one instrumental break will feature acoustics, whiny guitar solos, and bass domination all at once, jumping back and forth between each other. The fact that the bass guitar takes precedence quite often is a standout feature to Proof Of Concept. Take “The Other Side,” and you’ll find that it paves the road very well for everything else. Not to mention, this is also definitely one of the grungier ones, especially with its minor scale emphasis.
It may be a bit of a stretch to call this proggy, but there’s no denying the level of complexity that exists within. Fluky instrumental breaks and weird layouts prevent it from being consistent, but nonetheless help one escape the mind. For such a short release, they pack a lot into it. Once all of the musical density is squeezed out, you can still find fun little moments that reflect radio rock and vocal harmony, so it’s not super hard to get behind. Listen to “She (Has A Plan)” first, if the rest of the description sounds overwhelming, or even the acoustic closer “Oxygen.”
Proof Of Concept will be released on October 29, and you can find it on their Bandcamp page, also available for pre-order.