Ship Of Fools
Out There Somewhere
Dreamtime Records (Peaceville)
A short lived musical career but with a fantastic direction and legacy, Ship of Fools dominated the psychedelic prog-rock circuit during the mid 1990s. Taking elements of metal, rock, and abstraction, the band created a diverse and mentally stimulating couple of albums during their time. A third release was made after their premature split, commemorating what they had achieved. Out There Somewhere is the second album made by the band, the last one they made before ending things to go their separate ways. What a shame, perhaps, or maybe they knew something that we didn't, putting an end to something that deserved to stand alone in time.
“I see that we meet again!” rings from the sample deck as a thumping kick bass begins the sensational journey. A swirly guitar riff joins the bass and drum, thrusting the listener into an immediate orbital mindset. As the progressive composition shifts, keyboards breathe even more life into the already animated track. The gear change comes at a time when it is most expected and some choppy chords replace the previously melodic score.
Without lyrics to weigh the music down, the band are free to explore the rhythmic realms of the underlying bass and drum while continuously revolving round key musical phrases. Singing lead guitar motions from the background, jetting forward for breaking interludes, then folding back into melodic backdrops for symbolic and experimental sound effects and samples.
As a band from Dewsbury, in Yorkshire, Ship of Fools toured England and Europe extensively while on their journey. The sound reflects a fantastic event for a live show, with whiplash inspired progressions that keep us infused with the beat and the emotional drive. With a space-age theme and a distinct taste of homebrew, this chaotic but exciting escape album pushes us forward into music that goes beyond the boundaries of genre.
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