It’s been five years since Brooklyn’s Mount Sharp released their Weird Fears EP, and the fabric of this country has vastly changed during that time. One that remains the same however is the quartet’s pop-centric indie sheen, their songs wearing their hearts proudly on their sleeves.
Lrrr works experimental music into the dreamier realms, creating a record that is both mystifying and utterly gorgeous. Recorded in bedrooms in Hadley and Easthampton, Lloyd’s use of lo-fi textures actually work to bolster and unite the detached entries from his mind, providing cohesion to the lush acoustics and gentle vocals.
Today, we’re thrilled to premiere the band’s aptly-titled Pulse Points, Erasers’ sophomore LP, out via Pouring Dream and Fire Talk Records. Each track is engulfing and fully immersive, allowing listeners slowly slip into a dripping state of cosmic detachment through swathing synth melodies and a pulsing rhythmic backbone.
Their latest album, Find Out For Themselves, is out today via their new home at Third Uncle Records, another fitting label to release the band’s acerbic punk that proves once again, these gents are only playing dumb. Sharp and built on razor sharp rhythms, they have a unique ability to make songs that feel as anthemic as they do discordant.
Oakland’s W0RK released Paper, their latest EP, back in April, a futuristic dystopian pop record filtered through post-punk and experimental electronic music. The duo have a rich aesthetic that involves hi-tech business attire and plenty of retro-futurism, and it all comes to life on their new video for EP stand-out “Screen Eyes.”
The quartet, led by Ben Grigg (Geronimo!, Whelpwisher, Future Biff), formed in the late months of 2017, having released their debut single just as 2018 came to a close. The band have become somewhat of a fixture among the PRF community, contributing to their Monthly Tribute Series (specifically Guided By Voices and Kathleen Hanna), which might give you a fair indication of their sound.
Led by The Locust’s Bobby Bray, together with Brandon Relf and Chad Deal, the trio will release their exceptionally titled debut album, Western Spaghettification, via Three One G. Gloriously mangled and deranged, INUS take a hyper-active look into corporate malaise and dead-inside institutionalism, with a jerky and erratic approach to deconstructed punk and serrated noise rock.
Austin’s Delicate Boys are getting ready to release their full length debut, Mineral Empire, due out July 26th as the inaugural releases of No Wisdom Records. Their sound throughout the album takes more than a few weird shifts, but at their core the quartet draw influences from garage rock, psych punk, and burly stoner fuzz.
Pet Fox’s admission of impatience is telling, “Swerving” is less than 90 seconds long. However, in that minute-and-a-half, the band are able to squeeze in a lot: several different musical phrases, one of their strongest vocal melodies to date, a metaphorical narrative, a lead guitar solo/outro, and a killer leaning chord progression.
All of God's Money / A Tribute to Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot features contributions from Slow Mass, Bethlehem Steel, Ratboys, etc, with all proceeds to AIDS Foundation of Chicago. We’re excited to premiere Meat Wave’s “War on War,” adapting the original’s jangly space-age boogie into something more muscular and driving.
Boston’s Zip-Tie Handcuffs have been making stoney garage punk for over a decade now, earning a reputation as one of the city’s most reliable live acts. Set to release their fifth album, Warm Shadows, the record is a culmination of everything they’ve built over the last years from heavy fuzz rock to retro surf pop and hazy, shreddy, psych punk.
Due out digitally on June 28th, with the tape release to follow, each band are offering a pair of noisy tracks, displaying a disparity in their otherwise similar approaches, one dense and overdriven, the other nuanced and prolonged. It’s a great balance between their sounds, complimenting each other as they in turn highlight each other’s differences.
RONG are your mutant freak punk dreams come true. The Boston band have been kicking around for a year or so now, having released a fantastic split with Landowner last summer, and now the band are ready to unleash (and i do mean “unleash”) their triumphantly rampant full length debut, Wormhat, on July 2nd.