Brandon Munro has been a drummer in lots of bands, notably Tin Vespers and Candle Cave Ensemble in the past, and Nick Ferrio and Ptarmigan currently. (Full disclosure: Brandon and I have played together on occasion, including once in my own band.) He’s very good, but he’s not as well known as a recording artist in his own right.
This recording, his first full-length release, was made in February as part of Trent Radio’s Record Production Month (RPM) Challenge. At first glance it’s more difficult music than his high-profile drumming gigs would suggest, more sonically abrasive with its guitars alternatively warbling and crunchy, and incidentally less elaborately drummy than you’d maybe expect.
As the album develops, though, its harsher, odder textures reveal an oddly wracked beauty and, in places, an undeniable pop sensibility. The ultimate effect is not unlike a digital-era Sebadoh, woozy-sweet: a nice record for feeling weird.
Brandon Munro’s Armgods is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
All images courtesy the artist.