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Movement and Detail

by Bolt

"In other words, they don't come across as your average geeked-out math band, because somehow they make all the noodling seem cool. There's plenty of rock to back up the prog, and that makes all the difference." ::::::: Mish Mash Music Reviews
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Devil's Paintbrush
4:35 album only
2. Stryker
4:44 album only
3. Anaphase
3:54 album only
4. Variables
3:56 album only
5. Invasion
4:12 album only
6. Skydiving with a Life Preserver
4:53 album only
7. Vendetta
6:58 album only
8. Knocking on 9
2:21 album only
9. Vanilla
2:37 album only
10. Solar
5:26 album only
11. Kick
3:48 album only


Album Notes
Throughout the sticky and sweltering summer of 2001, Bolt began crafting its unique brand of instrumental rock with the self release of a four song EP entitled, “ 7Kr01.” Recorded after only two months as a group, the band pressed 150 copies and used them as promotional discs to snag regional gigs.

As interest in their break neck yet precise compositions grew, Bolt recorded its first full length effort, “Circadian Rhythm,” a raw and energetic work with tinges of video game music peeking out from behind the relentless and raucous riffage. Bolt independently released the record in March of 2003 whereupon the band continued to play but consciously initiated somewhat of a musical shift.

Captivating and unique, Bolt’s noticeably darker sophomore release, Movement and Detail, has a personality that is indeed hard to pin down. There’s a self-effacing thread that runs throughout the entire album, just beneath the cool technical precision. The band shifts from eerie atmospherics to hints of jazz but also sashays from metal riffage to downright dance-able texturing that forces you to do the tango, again, and again.



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Bolt is a very forward thinking band
This is the first release from new label 10T Records and the second release from Bolt. The band consists of W. Heyard Sims (guitars, synth, loops and vox), Bill Elliot (drums, percussion, vox) and Geoff Maxey (bass, synth, vox). The band combines many ideas in their music including modern raw edged metallic guitar riffs, mixed in some electronica and one of the tightest ryhtm sections I’ve heard in years.
Bolt is a very forward thinking band that also combines the precision of MathRock, but not as technical. The music has a almost danceable quality to it in a quirky way. Also adding a slice of Post-punk bite and some humor which is sadly lacking in today’s music in any genre.

One band that comes to mind when I listen to Bolt is a Washing state based band called Omni and New England based band called The Screen. All three of these bands, while not progressive rock in the traditional sense, their take on the style is well ‘progressive’ in nature. I’m sure purists will disagree but in all honesty, Bolt doesn’t use it’s influences to emulate, they use them as a springboard to creating new fresh music.

The tracks are brief and concise, clocking between 3-5 minutes. Any long and the songs will lose their integrity and interest. Sometimes, less is more..My favorites are many but Skydiving With A Life Preserver stands out to me. I feel somewhat drawn to the song over and over.

You can hear four of the songs from this debut at their page at MySpace. Bolt is without a doubt one of the better bands to come out in 2006. I can’t wait for more from this Bolt. I have a feeling we haven’t seen nothing yet with them.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 27th, 2006

Jürgen Kriese

Very good performance and music direction corresponding to my taste.
Arrangements and Sound are good very much.

CD Baby

A little bored of run-of-the-mill prog that shows you the same thing over and over again, until you wish that the players would rock out? With Bolt, each passing second brings something new to gnash your teeth into... riffs all over the place, guitar tone to DIE for, and rhythms that would make a math professor blush. They have such a knack for guiding guitar melodies, keeping them jumping at all times, allowing them to be surprising without being jarring. Most of all they're just brilliant. You can be drawn into the whole thing, listening for the next turn in phrasing, the next playful exchange between rhythm section and guitar. The drums are severe powerhouse drums, the bass a subtly effective piece of prog excellence. With everything that can be taken for granted when a record is labeled "progressive" (virtuoso guitar, cohesively insane rhythms, blinding bass), it's pretty rare that we get one that is this completely engaging from start to finish. These guys haven't sacrificed the rock for the progressive.