Gist | Diesel City (Red Stapler)

The difference between these varied stylizations is not so dissimilar to create a distraction, yet it showcases Gist’s diversity and ability to create songs that are not redundant. Several times during Diesel City, the hooks and melodies shift, thus creating a feel that a new track has kicked on. Of course, this isn’t the case; it’s just Gist shifting gears.

Based out of Washington, D.C., Gist—while giving a nod to Fugazi—is not a band that is content in mining the gems of the city’s past. Stating influences that vary from the Police and the Kinks to Sonic Youth and Superchunk, Diesel City on first listen could easily be confused as a compilation record, but for Nayan Bhula’s vocals. Throughout, the styles and tempos shift frequently. The difference between these varied stylizations is not so dissimilar to create a distraction, yet it showcases Gist’s diversity and ability to create songs that are not redundant. Several times during Diesel City, the hooks and melodies shift, thus creating a feel that a new track has kicked on. Of course, this isn’t the case; it’s just Gist shifting gears.

Opening the record, “Eclipse” is a fast, hooky slab of post-punk that is catchy and memorable. It’s evident from the start that Bhula is rather remarkable vocalist. His frequent falsetto infuses an added measure of soul to Diesel City. While “Miscellaneous” and “Fugue” carry on the pace of “Eclipse,” Gist slows things down for the rather radio-friendly—sans the wall of feedback—“Things Will Work Out” and “360°.”

Gist approaches each track with a rather deliberate pace. This really plays in the band’s favor on the majority of the 60-minute record. However, in the case of the nine-minute “On the Road,” it really is a misstep. The shambling track really never finds a consistent groove and by the time it concludes, it has more than overstayed its welcome. Rebounding rather swiftly, the record finds its centerpiece in the excellent “In My Eyes.” Not to be confused as a Minor Threat cover, the song is rather easygoing and catchy. Yet, courtesy of some fine guitar work, “In My Eyes” stays firmly entrenched in the rock territory.

The high-quality ditties continue to roll for the duration. Rounding out this first-rate record are “Teen Agers,” “Kilowatts,” and “A Lull in the Conversation,” as well as the rather out of place title track Veering way over the center line, Gist plays into a world of folky twang. The shortest track on the record—weighing in at a breath over three minutes—it’s a lighthearted and enjoyable way to end this disc.


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