Like many millennials the boys of Bad Mother Nature grew up listening to classic rock, mostly because, well, that’s what their parents listened to. Unlike most millennial bands however, Bad Mother Nature have leaned into that classic rock sound heavily and have found a home in the tones and themes of the 60’s and 70’s rock gods that they grew up worshipping. The band’s latest single, “At The Gates of Olympus”, is a nearly six minute epic that winds its way through more than a few iconic rock motifs throughout the course of the track.
The song starts with a blistering guitar riff reminiscent of Ted Nugent or Ritchie Blackmore, before quickly plunging into a heavy half-time feel with soaring harmonies and a brooding rhythm section. These peaks and troughs come to define the song as it races then trods, following this pattern until it reaches the bridge which can only be described as peak late 70’s disco rock, the keys in this section really find their home, not only driving the rhythm but adding in a texture that rounds out the rougher edges of the track.
Lyrically the song is reminiscent of some long lost Homeric script. With lines like; “…a thousand days of desert rain and madness…” and the chorus refrain “…oh let me in, I’ve waited for so long…”, the band creates a visual landscape in which the song lives. The overarching theme is the need to break through the mire of complacency and achieve something real and visceral, i.e. breaking through the gates of Olympus.
The band does a great job of leaving space for every member to perform and that patience certainly pays off. The bass licks during the half-time sections are superb and perfectly placed, they stand out just enough to let you know they are there while maintaining their position firmly in the pocket. One moment that is particularly captivating is a great triplet drum fill in the outro that the band all latches onto for just long enough to make the downbeat of the next bar feel even heavier than the others.
In an age where the average modern song length inches closer and closer to the sub three minute mark everyday it is truly refreshing to see a band stretch its wings and really take off. Every band member has a chance to really shine on this track and they take that chance and run with it. Homer, Olympus, rock gods…Bad Mother Nature have certainly brought us all back in time with “At The Gates of Olympus”, whether that time is the 1975 AD or 1975 BC, one can’t be sure. The only thing we can be sure of is that this track will not be the last great piece of music put out by Bad Mother Nature, and that is something worth waiting for.
Bad Mother Nature Take Us Back In Time With “At The Gates Of Olympus” is written by Ian Logue.