In this installment of good bands with bad names, we have Tarantula A.D.
Actually, their name isn't necessarily "bad", I just put off listening to them because the name sounded a little too death metal-y for me. But when I heard that their debut LP, Book of Sand
, featured contributions from Devendra Banhart
's Sierra Casady
, I figured they were worth a listen.
Let me start by saying this music isn't for everyone. Everything about this album is epic, from the cover art to the arrangements, instrumentation, and song structure. I'm really at a loss of words to describe their sound, so I'll let others do it for you. Turnip
says Book of Sand
is "a living soundtrack of pounding rhythms, lush strings, spaced out opera and crashing rock...Sand
is that creeping feeling you get when you run through the woods alone at night chased by a loved one who finally snapped"
Dude, that's kind of what I was thinking. Serious.Mammoth Press
says, "this is an album that you sit down with on a Saturday afternoon with a book and a cup of coffee and just soak in. Tarantula A.D really have something here, and for those with the patience to fully absorb it all there is a rich musical reward. I highly recommend this."
Finally, Mystery and Misery
calls Tarantula "perhaps the most amazing live band I’ve ever seen."
The album comes out Nov. 8. (pre-order
)Tarantula A.D. Who Took Berlin (Pt. I) mp3