How bands come up with their names is a bit of a mystery, and no doubt long band names tend to grab people’s attention. If the band themselves leave something to be desired, however, the name really becomes more of a point of mockery than anything else (look no further than Hootie and the Blowfish for an example). Thankfully, Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band have some sass to back up their tag and in fact prove to be quite amazing, even in light of the fact that they minimally meet the requirements to be considered a” band”. Stuff that Rotates is the Danish duo’s third full-length release on the spectacular Crunchy Frog label, and while the album lacks some of the raw energy of their earlier efforts, their sound continues to fit the swagger associated with their moniker, except for the bullit (bullet?) part.
Sticking with bands that have long names, SJABB blend the psychedelic pop melodies of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, the catchy bluesy riffs from the John Spencer Blues Explosion, remnants of improvised psychedelic-art-rock from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and the seductive organ sounds of Question Mark & The Mysterians. Rooted in a psychedelic ethos, SJABB conjure up waves of monophonic lead guitars, reverbed flute sounds, layered harmonies and tight rhythm patterns. At times they play a fuzzed out rock ‘n’ roll with guitar driven tracks like ‘Friends’ and the nearly demonic ‘Unknown Things’, the latter perhaps a tribute to King Diamond’s Danish ’70s metal band Black Rose. The amazing aspect of the band is their ability to make subtle changes in their overall presentation allowing for a fresh listening experience on every track. ‘Magic Lawn’ is one minute and 44 seconds of garage-rock inspired goodness while ‘Four Letters’ begins like something from a Shadowy Men From a Shadowy Planet record with the tremolo surf guitar introducing a lyrically-dark track set amongst a rather lively accompaniment of danceable organs. The song has the feeling of a ’60s variety show, yet maintains that classic Snake & Jet essence.
Stuff That Rotates is destined to become a staple disc in any road trip situation. The album is also a perfect excuse to invite the neighbours in on your fun by testing the volume function on your stereo. While not exactly bullet-esque, in the sense that Thor Rasmussen and Thomas Frederiksen operate at a calmer pace then Bullet for My Valentine for example, they bring an attitude that is sexy and contagious. Stuff that Rotates is the band’s most accessible album offering a slightly more polished sound than its predecessors. It is a solid and memorable affair worthy of the name that brought it forth.