Image from bulldada.bandcamp.com
During the early 2000’s, late night programming saw their coalition with animation. With the likes of late night channels such as Adult Swim and Comedy Central, shows likes Space Ghost Coast to Coast and South Park saw a rise in ratings and cultural popularity. Particularly with the Adult Swim channel, their popularity came from the enclave of odd and quirky short animations that haven’t yet been displayed in television before its premiere.
One of the shows from the channel, entitled Home Movies, was an oddly drawn animated show that played usually in the midst of midnight during the weekdays. The show told the story of three elementary school-aged friends who held the hobby of shooting amateur and crude movies wherever they went. Along with this, their episodic misadventures dealt with the humble concepts of bullies, pets, rude neighbors, and careless teachers.
This show ran throughout the years I was just starting out with school. I’d remember watching the crude drawings displayed as the short opening track would play every night. The theme song to the show would end up being one of the recognizable tunes that would sparsely remind me of the fragmented memories I would have of a show I would barely pay attention to.
Video uploaded by HomeMoviesSongs (YouTube)
At this stage in my life, the theme song to this show hadn’t crossed my mind until I’ve heard this album. I’ve first found this album by perusing through Facebook and coming upon one of Million Dollar Extreme’s front man, Sam Hyde’s posts on Facebook. It was nearing the evening time as the humidity of the Summer breezes were starting to caress the mid-west plains and cities.
Listening to the ten tracks in order, I couldn’t describe what I had listened to. The only flashes of thought that shot through my mind were segments of the show, Home Movies. The songs were catchy and familiar in a pattern, but odd with their sound. From the crude nature of their lo-fi aesthetic to the crude title of the album, What a Bunch of Bulldada, this album held me on the edge of my interest for quite a while.
The project consists of ten tracks that all range differently in structure and pattern, but carry a consistent sound and feel throughout its runtime. With the first ironically named track, Welcome to the Greatest Country in America, you’re introduced to the standard instruments and feel of the whole project. The fast-stringing guitar rhythm complimented by the one-beat drum pattern and a high-pitched, tenor voice.
Only by the second track that the listener begins to understand the different approach to music this project is taking. It’s like a mix between the standard Beatles music that everyone seems to be familiar with, with elements of Folk Rock and Psychedelic Rock.
Another frisky but minor quality about the project is the humorously named tracks, such as 22nd Century Yahoo Answers Man or Get That Wizard Away From My Child. With tracks aptly named for their obscurity, each track here brings upon a delightful session of different musical maneuvers and pathways.
With the group all working with the same instruments and skill set, the only way they could diversify their work would be to rearrange and splice up the pattern of the tracks. As an example, the increasing pace of the fervent guitar and drum rhythm in 22nd Century Yahoo Answers Man differs from accruing buildup in the song, The Men of Longpipe Downstairs.
The tracks here are fairly short, with the average time span of around two minutes or less, with the exception of The Men of Longpipe Downstairs. The band keeps their sound interesting and catchy, without allowing their familiarity to grow stale or monotonous.
It doesn’t make sense on why this reminds me so much of the music in Home Movies in particular. It could be the closest showcase of media I could relate to this type of music too. In the Bandcamp description, they describe themselves as a Progressive Rock Band, which I could see why. The term “Progressive Rock” could just apply to any unique-sounding rock band.
Once the group releases more music, the audience will be able to witness what else they’re capable of. In the meantime, it’ll be more intuitive to understand if this type of music has at all been discovered by musicians before, or just could be lazy comparisons.