Northern Exposure: Gobble Gobble, 'Wrinklecarver' -- Free MP3
Northern Exposure is Spinner's MP3 column highlighting the best in new Canadian music. This week we feature some of the notable acts at Guelph, Ontario's annual Hillside Festival (July 22-24).
When you come across a band called Gobble Gobble, it's a safe bet the music they play is bound to be, well, interesting. One thing one can say about this mysterious noise-pop collective with origins in Edmonton is that they certainly sound unlike anything you've heard before.
Fronted by "pop experimentalist" Cecil Frena, Gobble Gobble is aptly described in their bio as a "hyperactive, futuristic techno-pop project" -- to that, we'd add: "that really messes with your ears -- in a good way."
What we do know about this ever-evolving ensemble (as Frena tells Spinner: "We're a fluctuating entity -- we have boundaries a bit like bacterium") is that Frena turned to pop music (loosely speaking, anyway) in typical former-hardcore-kid fashion: after years of screaming and playing guitar, he blew out his voice and turned to helping develop Edmonton's all-ages scene (he's the founder of Edmonton all-ages concert promoters Push Pins), and eventually brought together an eclectic group of musicians to realize his madcap musical vision.
When they haven't been busy touring across North America with fellow electro buzz bands, Gobble Gobble's been busy turning out an array of singles and remixes that illustrate their everything-but-the-kitchen-sink (heck, these guys would probably just play the sink and be done with it!) approach to electronic pop music: an early bio cited "freak folk, chiptune, garage, modern classical, and weirdo electronic" as genre touchstones, while insisting that Gobble Gobble's sound "cannot