CreaturoS are busy practicing at their space in Somerville when I stop by to take pictures. Their space, a tiny room in bassist Joe Marrett’s basement, was built by the old owner of the house to play drums in without bothering the neighbors. The quartet is working on a new groove that sounds like it could have been a Temptations song. Marrett is climbing a scale up and down his bass while drummer Dom Mariano pounds out a trudging 4/4 beat on the high hat and snare. Guitarists Spenser Gralla and Noah Bond play matching chords with an accentuated high chord on the fourth beat. For a second, you can imagine the guys in matching powder blue suits doing choreographed moves around one microphone at the Apollo.
The image begins to dissolve when Gralla changes the pace with his singing voice. His vocals are high-pitched, syrupy, sharp– think Black Lips. Things really start to evolve when Gralla and Bond begin soloing. Their guitars create a pysch rock havoc over the steady pulse of the rhythm section.
That’s the CreaturoS sound, a modern, more punk take on vintage themes.