Choosing a single playfully titled ‘Drumbones’ to announce his first solo album, it appears that Adam Betts couldn’t frankly have sold a prerequisite for himself that was any more accurate. Already revered for his spot as the adroit, merciless juggernaut in the percussion seat for Electronic Noise-Rock three-piece Three Trapped Tigers, it’s true that anybody paying attention to his output to date likely already had a fair idea of what to expect with this release. Though for anybody poised outside of that circle, or even flailing on the outskirts of another curve, just the name ascribed to that one solitary song may see fit to direct accurate judgement alone.
But of course that’s nay fun; our foremost pledge to music after all is to engage with and consume it, not deflect at the idea or thought. And this is particularly telling for the case of Colossal Squid, so much so that in conjunction with the 7-song LP Adam has furthermore sought to transcend the work across visual formats, sharing simple, yet upfront, performance videos on individual songs (see ‘Drumbones’ below). Outside of dissolving the barrier between artist and listener to reveal a more personable character, possessing an open identity when counteracting with this medium achieves a further indispensable virtue: honesty.
And what do we see? Initially it’s barely more than a man in a plain backroom, perched, bearing down at the helm of his instruments. What ensues is a short but perilous four minute face-off between the two, everything triggered there exactly as we see it. And as Adam wrestles both with kit and computer you could be fooled for imagining, even though the shot devoid of any editing or manipulation, that emerging from the carnage with him somewhere was at least but a thin shadow of the fictional sea-beast he’s peddling after all.
Colossal Squid is available now on Blood and Biscuits.