In the latest in our band on band series, Tom from Brighton's finest punk rockers Gender Roles, very enthusiastically told us about his love for the sublime Tubelord and their early EP (and our 55th release!) - Feed Me A Box Of Words /Obstacles.
"The reason I chose this particular release is because it was the first time that anyone had ever turned to me and said ‘listen to this, you’re going to lose your shit.’
This record is a keeper in my eyes, it was the first time I had ever listened to more experimental/mathy/progressive type music that I then got into so much. I still feel this release (and the rest of their EPs/albums) stand out from the crowd but it definitely opened me up to a lot more shenanigans of a similar style.
‘Feed Me A Box Of Words’ is straight in, chords are lovely and everyone's rocking out. That super funky bass line underneath, such a heavy shout as the first vocal and then the dynamic drops into a right groovy twiddler. So energetic throughout but ends with that super soft xylophone/glockenspiel outro (what's even the difference between those two things?) such an opener.
Obstacles is well like, yo you still there? at the beginning, I love it. It’s got some high neck Biffy-esq riffs and more time changes and weird bits than first track but never feels out of place, so well written. With ‘Half Man Half Amazing’ It’s hard to not get super hype with that intro. I think it shows you don’t need crazy distorted fuzzed up guitars to have a phat (yes with a ph) chorus. First time I’d ever heard that mad guitar neck where-the-tuning-things-are-squeal-thing and love that super reverb slide in the cut-out section. Outro riff is peng"
Everything plays off of each other. The guitar riffs and well-constructed chords leave space for the bass to get in and get funky a.f. Once you add what is essentially ‘drum riffs’ in there as well, the whole EP is just full of energy and the songs within it are written so well for all instruments involved to all bring and extra bit of cheekiness to the table.
I love this EP because it changed how I listened to music and I still love this EP because it's still sick"