One of my favorite albums of all time! Totally shattered what I thought this band was capable of. If you're looking to be inspired, buy this and all previous albums and keep on repeat!!! "Music should evolve" and Gruvis Malt did just that.
This album is a major departure for Grüvis Malt in many ways. Compositionally, this is the sound of a band giving up. Whereas before every note and inspiration was debated over and eventually abandoned/altered, now anything was acceptable... the more fleeting or amusing the better.
This is probably the closest Grüvis Malt has ever come to honesty. It is a theme album to the fullest (the most "Maximum" you might say), and lends itself to the widest interpretation of any of GM's work. Though one of the shortest GM releases to date, Maximum Unicorn traverses the widest musical terrain.
released May 1, 2005
All songs written by Gruvis Malt.
Gavin Castleton - keyboards, vocals, string arrangements, melophone, cornet, programming, guitar on track 7
Brendan Bell - vocals, percussion, keyboards, guitars on track 6
Steve Geuting - guitars
Erik Nilsson - tenor and alto saxophones, clarinets, flute
Scott McPhail - trapkit
Justin Abene - bass guitar
Jim Clark - narration
Jenny Lederer - british
Danny Bensi - cello
Jessica Hipp - violin
recorded at Soundmill Studios in Fall River, Federal Hill in Providence, RI, Tarantula A.D. Headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, and the Texas Chainsaw House in Lincoln, RI by Mike Carr, Chris Almeida, Gavin Castleton, Steve Geuting, and Brendan Bell.
All songs mixed and produced by Gavin Castleton at Federal Hill and the Chainsaw House from 6/04 - 10/05.
All songs mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Studios, NYC on 10/13/05.
"Maximum Unicorn" logo by Justin James Muir.
Artwork & Design by Brendan Bell and Gavin Castleton.