The titles of the first few songs are all mysterious. 'Mache', 'Chramer', 'Ex Alexander', 'Know No'. All titles that pose questions not expectations, let alone answers. The music is sort of the same. Those expecting songs that easily flow onwards, will be in for a surprise. A band that certainly comes to mind is Field Music, but also, and maybe more surprising, Genesis and Marillion. The Guru Guru is an alternative rock band far removed from the sympho/prog rockers of old and older. It some of the changes in a song like 'Ex Alexander' that bring me to the comparison, even when the song moves towards metal in the Therapy? at the time of 'Troublegum' style. All over that it has what I call a typical Belgian element, what for a lack of better words I call a quality to displease in a musical sense by not choosing the notes that would please most, but somehow often do anyway.
So who is The Guru Guru? The band started as a school exam project that led to the release of two singles, followed by debut album 'PCHEW' in 2017. Singer, two guitars, bass, drums. A fairly traditional line up for all I'm hearing on Point Fingers. A song does not seem to be a finished product with The Guru Guru before many angles have been explored, different tempos exchanged and perhaps dozens of ideas tried and discarded. The result is songs that please, surprise and "scare".
In the very first seconds Point Fingers puts the listeners on a wrong foot with the ever slowing electronic sound. Before the album shows its real face. This album is where another school project band might have winded up had they continued. The Fudge is sorely missed, but with The Guru Guru I have found my more than adequate and pleasing replacement.
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