New York three-piece Super Gravity definitely know their way around a guitar. This five-song EP – following on from their eponymous 2010 debut album – contains everything from raw, rhythmic basslines to screeching riffs rising up and up.
The guitar really is the star of this particular show: each song delivers a solo lasting at least a minute. As a result, this EP feels more like a short album, which is a good thing because it contains some impressive and varied guitarwork. They even dabble in some Red Hot Chili Peppers-style funk guitar.
Long, meandering instrumentals and almost marginal vocals see Super Gravity flirt with a progressive rock label. Their debut album was much the same as “Symmetry”, but with more indulgent guitar solos and a slightly more commercially friendly sound which verged on Green Day. It also had a highly unexpected cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”.
Their lyrics provide another reason to pigeon-hole them. While they aren’t anywhere near as abstract as progressive rock godfathers like Pink Floyd, it’s certainly hard to get a handle on what they’re talking about. “Fleeting”, for instance, could be referring to anything from how short life is to mourning the end of a nice cake. This is the most mainstream of their songs, and my least favourite due to a repetitive chorus.
Refreshingly, they don’t say more than they need to and this dominant instrumentals formula works for them. What they do say is delivered in a surprisingly light vocal style. When I first heard the moody bass introduction to “Symmetry”, I expected harder-hitting vocals.
Lead singer and guitarist Adam Cane certainly abuses his guitar more than his vocal chords, regularly sending it into a highly skilled frenzy. Despite this, the EP still feels balanced, and it’s a tighter recording than their album. Both are well worth a listen though and I’m glad this review led me to the Super Gravity.