A friend just recently came back from Papau New Guinea, a three-month affair that finds him twenty pounds lighter and nearly married to a local. When he showed us pictures of his trip, one of the captions read “Two Tree Island.” It was a familiar looking place, but the textures were alien, and there was one tree, not two. When I asked him about this he said something to the effect of, “A lot has happened since it got that name.”
Admittedly I haven’t finished my coffee yet, but that’s how I feel about Precious Fathers. At some moments their music re-orients the post-rock compass back toward its southern roots, at others it toys with early 80s synth. “Prairie Train,” from their self-titled debut, is absolute bliss. Track titles are absurd and likely illustrative (“100% Pure Rock Fibres,” “Alluvial Fan=Bone”), while their Myspace page and official site are both playfully deceptive:
Fats which contain many different kinds of fatty acids are involved in a wide variety of body functions. Their most obvious is to store energy until it is needed. They also influence the flavour and texture of foods and make it possible to absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats contain many different kinds of fatty acids that are involved in a wide variety of body functions. Every cell in the body is enclosed in a membrane that helps keep the contents of the cell together, maintains its shape and flexibility, and controls the passage of substances into and out of the cell. The physical properties of the membranes are strongly influenced by the fatty acids involved.
“Fuck having a singer, these guys don’t need one!”
-Ain’t it Now Magazine
“If Tortoise dated Neil but cheated on him in a three-way with Trans Am and Fogerty…”
-Patron, Railway Club, Vancouver BC 12:17 am
These two fake quotes basically sum up what it would take traditional music writers 300 flowery words to say. But in all honesty, the truth is right there. There is driving rhythm and wide open spaces. There are layers of sound that fill the moments, rising, building and falling off again. There see? flowery words… It’s so easy to do.
To say nothing of their “description,” “Metal/Black Metal/Death Metal.”
And last, natch, I had to look up alluvial.
So why not start at, say, their last.fm page and cheque them out for yourself?