Giraffes? Giraffes! – Memory Lame : Album Review

Giraffes? Giraffes! are back with their first album in almost 7 years and damn are we excited. 

It’s no secret that we love a bit of G?G! here at bUTTONpUSHER, ever since hearing “When The Catholic Girls Go Camping, The Nicotine Vampires Rule Supreme” for the first time we were hooked and couldn’t get enough of this band.  Now recently signed to Topshelf Records the math-rock duo, comprised of Ken Topham (drums) and Joseph Andreoli (guitar) who have been making fiercely quirky and unique music since 2005 and are set to make their first ever UK appearance at ArcTanGent festival later this year in support of Memory Lame. 

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It’s been a long wait for this new album but Memory Lame doesn’t disappoint. Picking up where Pink Magick  left off the album kicks in with “HERETICAL DOSES / Chapter 1: “Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!” Shouts A Voice Over The Crashing Waves As A Huge Pile Of Dead Christmas Trees Are Ignited In The Moonlight And I Find A Place To Sit In The Sand” and it’s immediately recognisable as G?G! at their best. All the weird sounds and intense drums we’ve come to know and love are still there yet it seems to capture a more mature sound from the guys.

Memory Lame is a concept album of sorts, as to what the concept is I guess we may never know, but it’s a story spread over six tracks comprised of a total of thirty-seven “chapters”.  It’s one hell of a crazy ride through an adventure land of math and post-rock, brimming full of weird ideas, time-signature twists and chaotic guitars it’s no wonder this album has taken so long to see the light of day but boy are we glad it has.

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Highlights include 

Knife Eyes ‘04 Jailbreak” which builds to gradually introduce an arsenal of strange new sounds to the G?G! palette, it’s sure to get plenty of fists pumping and win over many new fans of the genre and experimental music in general.  An older solo track from Joe “At the turf field behind my parents house” gets some new life after being previously released in 2010 and it really serves to bring the album to a mighty close with the addition of the fresh vocals changing the pace of the album and creating a sense of calm after a crazy trip before you go right back to the start and do it all again!

Fans new and old will take delight in absorbing and getting to grips with Memory Lame so don’t waste any more time and go get it in your ears right now! 

MEMORY LAME is out now on Topshelf Records