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The Amazing Spider-Man by Rubber Band Gun

There's only so many chords and so many notes and limits to their configurations. Somehow, artists like Rubber Band Gun defy these constraints with creative overflows, a build-up of kinetic impulses and scrawled visions.

The solo project of Kevin Basko, kinda Captain Beefheart meets Prince, is headquartered in New Jersey. Rubber Band Gun encompasses a deluge of musical projects, concept albums, iPhone memos, a discography teeming with ideas and a network of collaborators. Rubber Band Gun's latest recording "The Amazing Spider-Man" continues the manic release train.

Rife with surprising chordal dives and lifts, "Origin Story" earns its position as opener and attention-getter. "MJ" is the opener's equally poppy twin, but tempo upped, heartbeat increased as Peter Parker laments his love. The record's remainder includes the ballad "Webbed Up Ways", the instrumental "The Daily Bugle", 60's girl-group-esque "HARRY!", the snarling "Backpack". Everywhere, Basko shifts genres, warps his vocal timbres, adapting to each song's subject and mood.

There's only so many synonyms for catchy, only so many ways to refer to a rock band besides rock. If you're interested in a musician restlessly exploring those limits, there's the constellation of Rubber Band Gun releases to uncover. Released 4/25/19. Listen below and follow here.

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