Brief, blustery, and above all, unpredictable, the music of Long Long Long is a solid aural accompaniment to the springtime weather. The Nova Scotia experimental guitar pop band has a knack for lulling the listener into complacency before unleashing a sonic downpour on unsuspecting ears. Like getting caught in a spring shower, the experience will no doubt divide audiences, but as the band members themselves phrased it on their EP, Shorts, "It's not about being liked. It's about being respected."
If the band is after respect, then they're pursuing it by carving out a sound of their own. Their self-titled album is bottled chaos, with waves of percussion and bass perforated by stabs of needle-sharp guitar. It's all very wild, unhinged, and a bit bewildering. The Shorts EP opens up that sound with a gentler tone and more immediately catchy melodies, but altogether, Long Long Long isn't a band interested in pandering.
Long Long Long is the kind of band that could forge a career based on the loyalty of a small but devoted fan base. For all of the band's dizzying arrangements, the music is never bland. And blandness is the worst of music's mortal sins.
Long Long Long plays the Zootown Arts Community Center Tuesday, May 17, at 8 PM with Velcro Kicks, The Lion The Tamer, and Grand Cave Experiment. $5 all ages