Thank You Scientist is a seven piece band from New Jersey. They’re specialised in experimental rock much in the vein of King Crimson and Mr. Bungle, but with a pop music twist to it. One person on Twitter described their music as Dream Theater meets the Dave Matthews Band. It was enough to spark my interest, so let’s take a closer look to the band’s debut EP, entitled The Perils of Time Travel.
The King Crimson and Mr Bungle references are valid, as it pretty much describes the eclectic approach which makes this album quite an adventure. Influences from jazz, funk and progressive rock together with a healthy dose of technique and adventurous arrangements are expertly interwoven with each other. The Thank You Scientist guys share the free-spirited attitude towards their music with the likes of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Mattias Eklundh from Freak Kitchen.
What sets Thank You Scientist really apart from the rest is their uncanny ability to fuse pop music sensibilities in their otherwise rather complex music. This makes tracks like “Grinn”, “Leave Your Light On” and “Gemini” infectiously accessible, without ever compromising their overall artistic credibility. The rather high sung vocals by Sal Marrano reminded me somewhat of Geddy Lee of Rush fame. His specific style complements the music nicely.
The production and mixing/mastering chores were taken care of by Warren Riker (Down, Cathedral) and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. They made sure that The Perils of Time Travel has a crisp and balanced sound. Compliments to that.
The Perils of Time Travel can best be described as progressive pop rock with a great sense of hooks and adventurous arrangements. Perfect summer release for the proggers and other open minded music lovers out there. Impressive debut!