The Beta Bandby The Beta Band
Just when it seems like rock music has become tame, hackneyed, and utterly predictable, along comes the Beta Band to shake up the very definition of the term. Composed of four barmy Scotsmen, the group splices, dices, and all but reinvents the genre; folk-rock melodies blend with tooting pennywhistles and clanging pots, classical snippets waltz with gurgling keyboards, and hip-hop beats coalesce with sprawling space rock. Comparisons to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and Faust abound, but the Beta Band have really created their own monster. The opening cut, "The Beta Band Rap," best exemplifies the group's schizophrenic muse: The song opens with a whimsical vocal reminiscent of the '50s hit "Mr. Sandman," transmogrifies into an alterna-rap section that could be an outtake from Beck's ODELAY, then ultimately slides into a harmonica-enhanced, Elvis-influenced rockabilly rhythm. Sometimes the Beta Band get so caught up with being different that they overlook the need for melody. Or maybe they're just too stoned to shorten the experimental jams. Either way, they're a welcome alternative for those who embrace the bizarre.
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Performance CreditsBeta Band Primary Artist
Martin Hoyland Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Spoons,sleigh bells
Neil Richardson Trumpet
Steve Mason Group Member
Robin Jones Group Member
Richard Greentree Group Member
John Maclean Group Member
Technical CreditsChris Allison Producer,Engineer
Beta Band Producer,Executive Producer
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this album is the way that modern pop should sound. a dizzying brainchild of many different music styles and drug cultures. this is the spaced out music of the millenium, making use of jazz, folk, hip-hop, rock, and even backwoods mountain bluegrass. a perfect album for tea heads.