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PEANUT BRITTLE SATELLITE formed in Buffalo, NY, in September of 2007. The band gained attention quite promptly from local musicians and concert goers, which subsequently meant also the gaining of a loyal cult following. The band's music is evidently complex, meticulously organized under the artistic ambitions of various kinds of progressive rock, contemporary jazz and art-rock, yet PBS's demanding and intricate eclecticism happens to be ornamented with such dynamics and such warmth that it turns out to be magically appealing. The band mentions a disparate array of big names as relevant influences for the shaping of its overall style: RETURN TO FOREVER MESHUGGAH, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, STEVE REICH, ZAPPA, YES, HAMSTER THEATER, PRIMUS, etc. All in all, also each individual listener may notice other unnamed confluences through their own listening experiences. The band is a sextet whose line-up includes a peculiar factor: besides having a permanent drummer/percussionist and a permanent guitarist, there is also a second drummer who at times switches to second guitar; in turn, the violinist at times leaves his bowed instrument in order to add tuned percussion for extra color in the band's soinc pallet.

The band's debut album "Planet Girth", released in 2011 after a somewhat long recording process, was the definitive revelation of something that many people in the USA's underground knew: that PEANUT BRITTLE SATELLITE is a very essential name in the current state-of-the-affairs of America's progressive rock (... and worldwide). Just like the band's official biography in Myspace and Facebook reads: "All fans of well written music will be thoroughly satisfied with any offering from PBS."

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4.00 | 5 ratings

Planet Girth
Peanut Brittle Satellite Eclectic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars PEANUT BRITTLE SATELLITE are from Buffalo, New York and this is their debut which was released in 2011. They are a six piece band and play all-instrumental music. They obviously have a sense of humour when you consider the band's name and the title of this record. That really doesn't show up in their sound though as we get fairly heavy music here with lots of violin and guitar.

"Anisotropic Axon Re-Electroplation, Mvt. 1" has a nice heavy sound and some impressive drumming around 1 1/2 minutes. A spacey calm comes in after 2 minutes to the end. "Cruisin'" has a jazzy flavour early on. Violin after 2 minutes as it turns intense, then back to that jazzy mode late to end it. "Billie's Blue Bodega" turns heavy 1 1/2 minutes in. This continues to shift and change as drums standout 4 1/2 minutes in and violin before 6 1/2 minutes.

"Fierce Chemchok Heruka And The Between Dieties" builds and it sounds so good as the violin rips it up over top. It's the guitar's turn next. It does settles some 4 minutes in. Nice. "Showdown At The Bump-Bump Ranch" has a heavy drum led intro with violin over top. Huge bass lines join in. Great sound 3 minutes in when it settles. "Fear" has crisp drumming with guitar to start. It picks up before 2 minutes. Violin after 3 1/2 minutes and the guitar joins in too. Bass and drums lead late. "Anisotropic Axon Re-Electroplation, Mtv 3" ends the album with more heavy music with violin playing over top. It's intense 4 1/2 minutes in.

This has impressed me enough to offer up that fourth star.

Thanks to cesar inca for the artist addition.

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