You’ll want to scramble for comparisons when you hear Architectural Failures, Hi Red Center’s debut. And you’ll fail. Oh, sure, there’s some Deerhoof in the way Hi Red Center’s songs tense up with simple guitar lines then decompose into dissonant, sputtering electrical wires. Maybe a little Man Man with all the instrument shifting and general wildman wackiness. Even some vintage Gentle Giant when the members are rockin’ the polyphonic vibraphone prog jams. And Cheer-Accident, too; that band’s always good to name-check when you have no idea what the fuck is going on.
But none of the referencing really helps or matters, because the sum effect of Hi Red Center’s game of band-mash is wholly unlike anything in indie rockdom. The record grooves. It rocks. It befuddles and intrigues and, occasionally, it’s really quite beautiful. It’s every band you care about playing at the same time, only better. And in just less than thirty minutes, it’s over.
Hi Red Center should make more music, and more music should sound like Hi Red Center’s.