The Purkinje Shift, Ben Davis, Gary Flom and drummer Scott Robbins would
don suits during live performances and play their thirty-five to forty-minute
sets straight through, with no breaks whatsoever, keying on subtle clues
and practiced repetition to signal the beginning of new songs. It made
for a numbing, chilling experience, one most bands writing this type
of music couldn’t successfully achieve. But the ‘Shift was
as sharp as their suits, and for two albums, one 7” and numerous
live shows, they turned many an ear in their direction.
Robbins is gone, as are the suits, and, in fact, the members of Moreland Audio went their separate ways a couple of years back, but on their one album, the guitars and penchant for sinewy song structures remain, further honed by time and brought to a new level of sophistication by new drummer Adam Overton.
Please note the distinct lack of irony or anything post-. Too often that’s what gets lost with instrumental rock bands: The rock. And while the men of Moreland Audio love their details, it is the rock that thrives in this engine.
Gary Flom – Guitar, lap-steel guitar
Adam Overton – Drums
Ben Davis – Guitar, baritone guitar
RIYL: Drive Like Jehu, This Heat, Turing Machine, Faraquet, Bastro, Spatula
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