Thriving on the ludicrous, Austrian funk rock trio Mother’s Cake create music that is as overwhelmingly creative as it is overwhelming on the senses. The band works on the assumption that chaos can be art, and that has never been more true than on ‘Cyberfunk!’.
Opening in an explosion of pure electronic energy, ‘Toxic Brother’ is like a drug fuelled rave, primal in its essence whilst maintaining its futuristic sound. The beats come thick and fast whilst the vocals are equally sonic in their presentation, and together they form a sound that’s fun mayhem.
Keeping with the furious dance beats, ‘I’m Your President’ removes some of the electronic sounds for funky bass riffs that sit alongside the drum beat to create a psychedelic rock anthem, with more aggressive tones than most rave music would allow.
Taking a 360 degree approach to the tone of the record, ‘Love Your Smell’ adopts a 60s approach to psychedelia, slowing right down and producing a trippy romantic rock ballad that’s far more accessible than most of the record. It’s easy on the ears, even with the occasional off key scream of ecstasy.
What largely lets the record down is that Mother’s Cake refuses to pick a direction for the album. Switching between classic and futuristic styles of psychedelic rock can be pulled off with good track placement. However, when the band drops the funk entirely as they do in ‘The Beetle’ and instead move into hard rock, it feels like too great a departure.
‘Hit On Your Girl’ is a song that maintains the record’s dance funk essence to begin with, before it then introduces an abrupt heavy guitar shredding solo mid track and then moves on to a calming subtle interlude.
Suffering from a short attention span, ‘Cyberfunk!’ develops some wonderful moments of creative energy and genre bending flare before getting bored and moving on to something completely different. Its chaos brings out some strong moments in this record, but it’s also that same disorganised nature that is Mother’s Cake‘s undoing.