"Gorjus: Fighting Bockman's Euphio" CD
Genres: rock, prog rock, jam band
1762 El Centro
Dec 13 - 19 2004
Bockman's Euphio play good music, even if their songs
frequently go on a lot longer than they should. Fortunately,
there's enough content within the tracks to keep matters interesting - Gorjus
exhibits a whole grab-bag of styles and influences, including jazz,
pop, and even some prog rock. The band has gained a respectable
following, particularly because of a strong bootlegging circle (
the band encourages the taping of shows), as well as their dedication
to posting live songs on their
Gorjus is a long album, but it has many strong songs to its
credit. The jazzy "Reverie" is probably the disc's
main attraction - it boasts a memorable chorus and a loose, jam-band
flow. Opener "Patience" also has some solid hooks; at
first, you can see it becoming an O.C.-style pop single, but
its unconventional structure gives it an inventive touch.
"Come Back (to this)" and "Away King" also boast
impressive melodies and engaging styles. The majority of the
"prog" sound present on Gorjus can be attributed to
the band's frequent use of extensive solos - "Pusher," for
example, features an impressively funky jam session, and "Gorjus"
has an extensive guitar part.
While an album filled with long songs such as these may be a bit
overwhelming at first, Gorjus quickly fills out its role as a
solid piece of jam band rock. Even if you aren't into the
genre, give Bockman's Euphio a shot - songs like these don't
take long to warm up to.
Fun Fact: "Bockman's Euphio"
is actually a reference to "The Euphio Question," a short
story by Kurt Vonnegut. "Euphio" has something to do
with an artificial method of synthesizing happiness.
11 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2004]