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Groundtruther: Longitude

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Drummer Bobby Previte and guitarist Charlie Hunter perform and record together as Groundtruther. Their ongoing collaboration has spawned a sophomore effort that, like its predecessor, Latitude, features a guest player-in this case, DJ Logic. They’ve also gone on, inexplicably, with the nautical-themed song and recording titles. The music will be less of interest to pirates than it will to rock fans, though.

Hunter pares back his famously prodigious technique and the band delivers what is basically an instrumental rock record. Logic spends a good deal of the time supporting Hunter and Previte with samples here and there, but when he asserts himself, as on “March 1741, Cape Horn,” he makes the tune sound like something from a Logic recording. The rest of it runs from what sounds like updated spy-movie themes to Cream-style blues-rock with touches of thrash metal (Previte’s erupting kit on “Dead Reckoning”), funk and garage rock. The band can hit hard, but there isn’t much substance there. They also tend to cover up thin musical ideas with production gimmicks.