Pyton - What's Done Is Done (EP) (2014)

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There is some degree of pride associated with finding bands from God knows where, playing God knows what style of music. You tell yourself, and everyone you know, that you discovered them, like a dinosaur bone in the mountains. You want to know everything about them, and hear everything they've ever put to tape. But in some cases, your desire for knowledge is thwarted by limited access to their biography. Pyton is a blues heavy stoner band. But outside of that, information is not only few and far between, it is also conflicted at every turn. Purportedly from Ulyanovsk, Russia, though every other mention of them across the endless landscape of the internet seems to identify them as Filipino, there is little much else you can find. And much like a classic episode of The Adventures Of Pete & Pete from the lost Nickelodeon days, when you know nothing, the music is all you have to hold on to. Luckily, What's Done Is Done is a memorable affair.

There are two levels to what Pyton delivers; musically, they walk the stoner blues line with nary a step or toe out of place. But from the lyrical standpoint, as on the title track What's Done Is Done, they manage to take basic lyrics and make them work in a harmonious way. You won't find Shakespearean tragedy here, and it wouldn't change a thing. This grungy blues jam stands on its own merits. They are in the element with extended jam sessions, relying on their fuzzy riffs and bass lines, which is why The Light is such a slow burning track. Each and every lead that bubbles up is fiendishly good, mid tempo and nod inducing. Even Whisper, which is heavy on lyrics and 90's alt grunge vocal lines, has its fair share of blazing solo work. That it fits with the central melody isn't a mistake, of course, which is what makes the guitar work so flawless; it isn't solo for solo sake. each hammer on and bending string advances the track. But that is only the tip of this iceberg, as the band unless a Pantera-like stomp on the final track, What's Gonna be Out There?, which despite it's limited lyrical ability is nearly five minutes of stone cold grooves and guitar work that would make everyone from B.B. King to Dimebag Darrell proud.

The tendency is to overreact, be it in the positive or negative way. These four songs are better than good, and the songwriting competency is streets ahead of some of the most accomplished bands in the word. Perhaps the knock on the album will be that the lyrics don't meet the standard of the sonic pummeling they are attached to, or that four songs isn't a large enough sample size to truly judge the quality of the tracks therein. Instead, I would say that I lean to the other side of the spectrum; lyrics aren't a finite or measurable art, nor are they ever truly perfect. But they can, in time, grow to be everything this combination of bass, drums and guitar already is. The album appeals in a nostalgic way, because it reminds us of some of the most influential bands of the last few decades. It joins eras and styles. But What's Done Is Done isn't just a look into the past; it's the start of the future. And it's far from done.

8.5/10

Bandcamp - http://pyton.bandcamp.com/