Scummy, fuzzy, fun.
These psychedelic punks are fresh off the release of their self-titled debut album and sounding at equal points fresh and revivalist. The two singers offer equal parts mellow and punchy vocals that lay behind a wall of doom-distortion. The driving bass and drums mixed with sluggish, trippy lyrics have a 70s sound, but the catchiness and production are very modern. Recommended for those who want to simultaneously relive the good-old-days and enjoy the present.
Catch them at Club Congress, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22. With No Parents and Jeff Lownsbury. Free. All Ages.
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
The one was probably the first album that I grasped emotionally beyond solely punk anger. It triggered a more complex emotional response than I had previously felt from a single album, opening a wide array of feelings for me to explore.—JP Basileo (bass)
Pavement Slanted & Enchanted
I listened to this all the way through for my first time with my friend right after we took our SATs and smoked a blunt in an alleyway in my car.—Kevin Walker (drums)
Wire Pink Flag
It's acted as a north star when it comes to songwriting. We can't help but continue to revisit it time and time again, even as we evolve.—Vaughn Hunt (guitar/vocals)
The Grateful Dead Aoxomoxoa
This one opens the door. If you're unfamiliar with the Grateful Dead, it's a great place to start.—Sean Fahey (guitar/vocals)
Mazzy Star She Hangs Brightly
Mazzy Star's debut album is perfect for a crappy rainy Sunday morning, transfiguring your gloom and anxiety into something resembling peace. It's sort of a soundtrack for accepting your not-so-happy places, which somehow makes them go away. —Kevin Walker (drums)