Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pillage & Plunder unleash 'Hit & Run'

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

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  • Karen Rooker

Despite being named after a "bad joke," local progressive jazz-punk trio Pillage & Plunder's title perfectly captures its genre-thieving style. Throughout the duration of its latest single "Hit & Run," the group loots from a number of contrasting sounds, which combined form a sonic Voltron that defies classification.

Over the course of three and a half minutes, the track seesaws from scat-singing lounge-style jazz to early emo reminiscent of Cap N' Jazz's heavier tunes - all connected by headspinning song structures. Singer/guitarist Gokul Parasuram's vocals lend a captivating sultry quality at odds with the gritty guitar breakdown halfway through.

Pillage & Plunder's nimble style-swapping is impressive, but the group never allows itself to get truly cozy in one idiom. There are a number of hypnotizing snippets that never get explored to the extent they deserve. The track can't seem to decide whether it wants its listeners to hold up a martini glass or a bloodied fist.

"Hit & Run" is the latest single off its forthcoming album The Show Must Go Wrong, due out in August of this year. While the track can't seem to get comfortable in its own skin, it's a fascinating preview of promising things to come.

Pillage & Plunder plays the Earl with Slowriter and Mice & Cars. Thurs., May 23. 9 p.m. $7. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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