Cartoon Bar Fight will providing the proverbial cherry-on-top at this year’s final day of performance at C2SV. The San Jose group will be releasing their latest set of new material at the Cafe Stritch performance on Sunday (Sept. 29th). "The Labyrinth Suite" E.P. not only represents the newest studio material from the dark-folk act since 2012’s full-length, "Reincarnate," but also previews the shape of things to come for the 5-piece, as the 3-track, "Labyrinth" is just a prelude to the forthcoming full-length of the same name.
Opening with a swarming instrumental track that accosts everything you think you may have known about CBF, the 2 minute 44 second “Mechropolis” is an anthemic, post-apocalyptic vision played out with droning organs, menacing percussion and a simplistic, yet foreboding guitar line, even spiking a prog-rock vein, at times. The poly-rhythmic intensity bleed on through "Into the Labyrinth," as drummer, Jerald Bittle, deals his way through odd time signatures and varied tempos. “Saturnine” closes the set, aligning itself with the 80s-esque sounds of acts like The Cocteau Twins or to a lesser extent, Siouxie and the Banshees.
When asked about the band's new direction, CBF's co-writer/keyboardist, Dirk Milotz, had this to offer:
"We like the idea of writing material that's kind of unpredictable for us. We were inspired by our love of sci-fi and the futuristic feel of the city we’re in."
Although, The Labyrinth Suite maintains Cartoon Bar Fight’s ability to write amazing pop songs and imbue their work with an underpinning of darkness, one can only be mesmerized by CBF’s newest machinations. The E.P. drowns the listener in incessant waves of sound, luring them in with churning emotionalism, before hypnotizing with a siren’s call. All-in-all, the E.P. sets a high bar for what the future holds for Cartoon Bar Fight, whetting the appetites of their listeners in anticipation for the full-length.