The title of the new EP from Fervent Send sounds like an ode to stupid people. “The Delicate Nature of the Undercooked Brain” is a four song experiment which finds the trio led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon DuBose boasting their King Crimson influence like a true badge of honor.
Of the 4 tracks, 2 of them seem to be intros to the other 2. “Listen to the Taste of Iron Red” is a slight showcase for guitarist Ben Marrujo that leads to the more groove oriented “Lurking in the Deeds That We Do.” The latter having the best THRAK-era Crimson riff that Crimson never recorded. But then Crimson didn’t have any sax players at the time, but Fervent Send do.
“Mutu the Brave” is quite brief and merely serves as a segue to the title track. “The Delicate Nature of the Undercooked Brain,” the song, is an eight minute freak-out which brings to mind Frank Zappa, King Crimson (Larks era) and even Russian Circles. The song sums up what Fervent Send have to say and it’s a lot.
“The Delicate Nature of the Undercooked Brain” is experimental and fun at the same time. While being somewhat avant-garde, Fervent Send are never off-putting. Instead, the band are like friendly mad scientists who want to show you their latest invention. They are proud of it and rightly so.
1. Listen to the Taste of Iron Red
2. Lurking in the Deeds That We Do
3. Mutu the Brave
4. The Delicate Nature of the Undercooked Brain