Grumsling’s Full Coverage defies any sort of formal categorization. At times, there’s a punky energy to it, other times there are spacey jams, and in other songs nods to the weirdness of alt-rock favorites Pavement on “Downtime”.
Through their web-site, Grumsling describes themselves as a character; one who is a trickster and maker of mischief. That trait is apparent throughout Full Coverage: one moment they sound transcendent and majestical like My Morning Jacket records (“Whiskey”) and then follow-it up with a musical ode to slacker-ism in “Skyline”. The two songs couldn’t be more different: the first is perfectly executed in arrangement and playing the second is perfectly flawed in its sloppiness.
The odd-ball drums rolls and rhythms that make up much of Full Coverage are driving force behind the record. Drummer Dominic Rodriguez gives even the slower songs an aggressive edge and provides some structures to the otherwise jagged guitar lines that cut through some of the arrangements.
Full Coverage is an engaging listen, and you have to admire it’s oddness. However, the very thing that makes it interesting is also it’s major flaw. It lacks a coherency and cohesiveness for repeated listening. There’s not much of an identity to be found here other than just general strangeness. Even the best mischief makers have a purpose and intent, something which Grumsling seems to lack here.
Check out the lyric video for “Downtime” below.