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Caltrop w/ Sleepy Eye Giant 

When: Thu., April 12 2012
Price: $5
It took four years for Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Caltrop to follow up their stoner/math-metal debut World Class with their latest album, Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes. The difference is fairly dramatic. Their debut was shaped by an omnipresent throb, but on Ten Million Years, they opened up their sound. It didn’t hurt recording in big old warehouse. “The room that we were in was like 100 feet long, and the funny thing was getting a big-room sound actually took some doing because the room was so big the sound would just go out and be gone,” says drummer John Crouch. Throughout Ten Million, they explore a more dynamic, expansive sound. Efforts like “Birdsong” possess majesty even as they let their psych flag fly. Others like “Ancient” bring out more of a greasy Southern boogie cut with a chunky, Deep Purple rumble. “We certainly have written some stuff that’s a little more delicate than the last album,” Crouch says. “We became more interested in doing something a bit bigger than writing a rock record.” Though they’ve already been accused of distancing themselves from metal, Crouch feels the attachment was always looser than people realized. “The fact that we like loud music, or we like really dirty sounding guitars, people will kind of lump us in with the metal crowd,” he says. “That’s something we’ve never entirely gone for. It’s a product of us four getting together and writing things that are interesting to us and not really worrying what people think it sounds like.”
— Chris Parker
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