Cleveland’s mr Gnome can be a difficult band to categorize. Their music can display the precision of post-rock, the gentle sway of dream pop, and the aggression and power of metal, often within the same song. Even more impressive is that this duo (yes, except for a handful of guest musicians it’s just Nicole Barille and Sam Meister you hear) pulls together divergent genres so effortlessly that they’re able to avoid the number one pitfall that’s historically troubled such rock fusion acts — sucking. mr. Gnome do not suck. On “Night of the Crickets” from their soon to be released debut full length, Deliver This Creature, Braille and Meister start with a slight post-rock melody, one so pleasantly simple that many acts would be content to twist and turn it for a full five minutes, before shocking the song to life with a jagged jolt from Barille’s guitar. From there, “Night of the Crickets” becomes a study in dynamics, switching between light, ethereal passages, and a grand, evocative chorus, never content to rest in one place for too long.
MP3: mr. Gnome – Night of the Crickets
mr Gnome’s CD release party for Deliver This Creature will take place this Friday night at the Beachland Tavern. Deliver This Creature will be available nationally starting May 6th and the band will be touring extensively in support of its release. Check myspace for dates.
Previously on I Rock Cleveland: “Pirates” by mr. Gnome
photo by Eric Clawson