Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight - Movin On
On first reading the name Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight two things spring to mind. Firstly, I wish I was paid per word. Secondly, is this a children’s TV show? A re-imagining of Chorlton and the Wheelies (ask your dad) for the noughties - merchandised within an inch of its life? Backpacks, lunchboxes, duvets and action figures pouring out of crates from the Far East faster than desperate mothers can snap them up for Christmas.
So as I open the TW&TCCOTK packaging looking for a DVD of episodes 1 - 6 it’s with some surprise they turn out to be an English stoner metal band consisting of Chris, Dicky & Pete. Now what am I going to get the bairns for Christmas?
At their core TW&TCCOTK are a solid band. Their brand of doom-laden metal is well executed: vocals are evil and Ozzy-esque whilst musicianship is a methodical churn through the quagmire - although they’ve clearly had the quandary of finding a unique selling point as there are occasional unnecessary twists to the formula. When they chose to go off-road a large question mark appears over my head and my brow furrows. The addition of trumpet in ‘Southern’ is perplexing. The final twenty seconds of acoustic guitar on ‘Sea Shanty’ wrecks the ending. ‘Echoes’ is completely out of place and should have remained on the cutting room floor.
The music industry is full of people who ask new bands what separates them from the crowd. A suitable answer to this is actually being very good – which TW&TCCOTK clearly are. Movin On is a sound debut and the experimentation is understandable - when it works it adds texture. But there are times it feels like it's experimentation for experimentation's sake. Defeat is often snatched from the jaws of victory.
The above is mainly nit-picking as this is a great record; it just feels that with a bit of restraint they could have moved up to the next level. But it’s better to be in a position where pulling it back a bit is required, than it is to suggest they need to improve their core. A lot of bands would kill for some of the tunes on here.