El Gigante is:
Jim Turner vocals, guitar
Andy Hittle guitar, vocals
Mike Montgomery bass
Rick McCarty drums
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"The guitar rock album of the year, El Gigante's
emotive blast of dynamic sound is downright addicting.
Angular guitar parts, solid
rhythmic reinforcement and a textural yet biting approach made the album an artistic
triumph that was also
accessible, thanks to the unforgettable melodies."
Now in their third year, El Gigante continues to tweak the sound that makes
them instantly distinguishable from
their peers. Rick McCarty's drums, militant and
stubborn, are at first bracing in their aggression, but they slowly and cleverly reveal
undercurrent of intricacy not often felt in modern music. Like McCarty, bass player
Mike Montgomery is tactful in his contribution to the El
Gigante design, allowing
his lines to remain within the drum patterns or to scramble into swollen, distorted
melodies. Nodding to combining
disparate elements of the last forty years of electric
music, guitar aggregate Jim Turner and Andy Hittle swap melodies, percussive figures, and
experiemental swerving that unfailingly snap back to somehow accomodate curious detours
and neck-jerking standstills. Somewhere within the
enormity of the music, Turner's voice,
throaty and imploring, surfaces and demands melodic elbowroom.
Taken separately, the
appreciate each element of El Gigante, but it is the songs themselves
that call for acclaim. Direct and well considered, the band's songs move
pensive and sometimes hushed verses to resonant, memorable choruses that dutifully avoid
That the band has a seemingly endless supply of such songs from which to choose bodes
well for their future, as El Gigante is currently
working on the follow up
to The Official Guide to Loss.
In songwriting and playing, El Gigante balances the responsibility of sounding
catchy without gimmicks, and clever without pretension.
And in the end, though they
are difficult, these are the efforts that matter.
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