For the prolific and peculiar Robert Pollard of the infamous indie troupe Guided by Voices, being eccentric is nothing short of expected. And on his latest musical venture – the collaborative effort of the Takeovers, with GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko and Mudhoney’s Dan Peters – idiosyncrasy has turned obscenely hysterical. Maybe it’s the fact that the Takeover’s latest album Turn on Red plays out like a mental breakdown – the tunes spontaneously jump from lo-fi 70s rock to chipper new wave beats to sleazy power-pop in a matter of minutes. Or maybe it’s the lack of tight production that distorts the disc’s exceptional talent. Either way, the Takeovers Turn on Red could easily become a Pollard record to recall if not for its lack of an attention span. Still, it does work. Well.
Turn on Red by the Takeovers