LP Review: \\GT// – ‘Beats Misplaced’


‘Beats Misplaced’ is the debut album by \\GT//, “A Birmingham, Alabama power trio given to insistent but agile rhythms and psychedelic interpretations of standard rock muscle”…

As their Facebook page attests, “Think Japandroids or No Age being born in and embracing the humid and strange American South, and you start to hear GT through the haze” and further that, “Front man and lead guitarist Scotty Lee had tinkered with various incarnations of “GT,” the unifying acronym of his one-man arts-and-music project alternately known as Green Teeth, Get Tryin’ and Ghost Traveler. He’s been playing in bands since high school, from early cover acts and sets of instrumental brooders to post-hardcore crews and straight-ahead rock acts. But GT was a chance for him to separate himself from the frustrations of band life and start an outlet that would be forever his. With Byron Sonnier on bass and Mark Beasley on drums, both respected veterans of the music community themselves, GT is complete as they look forward to putting out their debut LP”.

\\GT// certainly exude their lo-fi, diy, “Punk, Rock, Psychedelic”, credentials in spades, and then some…


Opening track, ‘Growing Together’, kicks it’s anthemic riffing intro, punctured with notes bent right out of shape, the incendiary, strangled emotive vocal, fanning the flames; ‘Beats Misplaced’, continues the discordant Mudhoney-esque vibe, the Brian Wilson tinged vocal harmonies, adding swathes of vibrant hue; ‘Rails’, is a jarring angst-fest, awash with insistent drum fills; ‘Life Is’, is rock ‘n’ roll rebellion, stompingly, gloriously personified; ‘Lake Arthur Sunrise’, is a paean to identity crisis, cosseted with Skynyrd-like growing pains; ‘Somethings Wrong With My Mind’, has a strident urgency, a symptomatic psychotic hymn, to the Toffler-esque, “future shock”, besetting us all; ‘Heavy Dreams’, strains with night terror, fuelling anguished torment; Closing track, ‘Real Good Sex’, is a fittingly rhythmic, droning, coital, climactic finale…

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And all too soon, it’s over… ‘Beats Misplaced’ though a cunningly apt title, could also be construed as a misnomer – this LP simply does not miss a beat!

In ‘Beats Misplaced’, \\GT// have expertly distilled that all too elusive elixir for the “hook”, they sharpen it, they bait it, then they simply sit back and deftly reel you in…

Available on the Communicating Vessels Record Label from July 31st.




2 responses to “LP Review: \\GT// – ‘Beats Misplaced’”

  1. Bob Avatar

    For the first few seconds I thought, “Hmmm, nothing new here”, then it hit me ! Liking this a lot, can’t wait to hear more and thank you again for sending some more new music my way !

  2. chromaticismIan Avatar

    It’s a slow burn for sure Bob – had the same effect on me!

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