Bathymetry (Ariel, Emily, and David) arrived on our radar when they applied for the opening slot at the Liverpool leg of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s recent ‘Psychocandy’ tour. We always make a point of checking out the support bands as you often do come across some genuinely interesting artists, (although we did catch a man who played Queen cover versions with a kazoo on one memorable occasion which still, to this day haunts us!!) and we have to say we were mightily impressed by Bathymetry.
We’re loathe to label them ‘kooky,’ as this seems to now be a term that is exclusively employed to describe female singers /artists. ‘Kooky’ has the vague whiff of a hobbyist not a pioneer, it’s a patriarchal pat on the head, an indulgent ‘well done you – now get back in your box’ … for example you never hear a Jimmy Page guitar solo being described as ‘wacky’ or ‘kooky.’ So instead, let us call Bathymetry’s sound inventive, idiosyncratic, and imaginative – in fact, we rather like their own description on facebook ‘ We sound like night-time when it’s raining and you’ve forgotten a hat.’
Today’s featured track ‘Goblin Fruit’ is a sparse, dreamlike, and deceptively haunting tune, not unlike the soundtrack to some rather malign fairy-tale. It’s a balefully seductive song that flutters around your ears like a sinister yet flirtatious whisper, gently drawing you into their strange off kilter world. The video below also proves the trio are certainly getting their ‘five-a-day’.
More live pics supporting the JAMC HERE