Straight out of Calgary, Alberta comes Gratuitous Platypus, a three piece with a very diverse sound. Though I am still asking myself questions about that band name, I have already made up my mind about the music. After a first time through the album, my ears were caressed with some hard rock, some folk, some punk, and some psychedelic rock. To go through so many genres in six songs is quite impressive, and they do just that in I Don’t Really Like Getting Out of Bed. Here are my thoughts:
Honestly, I was hooked after the first song, self-titled “I Don’t Really Like Getting Out of Bed.” It has a grungy feel to it, with Stellar Nolan’s (who also plays bass) Nirvana like vocals and gritty riff. The drumming in the intro felt a little out of place and I would have rather focused on the riff and have the drums come in hard with the bass, but it was a minor problem I had compared to Tristen Tiefenbach’s great drumming throughout the album.
The second track “Maybe It’s Just Us” had a very catchy groove that reminded me a lot of “Smells like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. The track also has a deep bass sound, which I really appreciate. This leads me to mention how good the recording sounds; all the instruments are crisp and easily identifiable in the mix. The album continued with a slight change of pace in “What I Always Do,” which is a ballsy choice when compared to the two heavy songs before it, but it pays off. It added diversity to the album and brought me to a more folky sound.
“Inbetween 2 and 3” adds some psychedelic sauce, adding yet another genre to the mix with the help of some reverb and delay on George Kingdon’s guitar. “Thinking About You,” the fifth song on this record, brought me down from my psychedelic clouds into a punk rock show with the rhythm reminding me a lot of“You Really Got Me” by The Kinks. George Kingdom also sang vocals on the last track “Endless Entertainment,” which continued with the punk rock feel. With such diversity, I was expecting them to try for another genre, but I admit to having still enjoyed the song if only for that fuzzy solo.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone can find something in this album to appreciate. I Don’t Really Like Getting Out of Bed was released in October of 2018 and I hope to see more music from these guys!
Written by Johnathan Robinson
*edited by Mike Milito