Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”
Industrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.
The Growlers – “Good Advice”
A whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.
The Skygreen Leopards – “Crying Green and Purple”
The video for Skygreen Leopards’ “Crying Green and Purple” looks like what Coachella should be like. I’m not sure where the hippieish but vaguely post-apocalyptic footage comes from, but it looks like a good time. The jangly psych-pop tune comes from the band’s recently released Family Crimes on Woodsist. They’ll be at Woodsist Festival in Pioneertown this weekend with a bunch of other great bands.
When I got the email promotion with this song, I was like, I cannot begin to imagine what this song will sound like. One of QOTSA’s best, a driving, sped-up drone rocker that nihilistically lists various intoxicants becomes a narcotic electro-pop tune in Superhumanoids’ hands. I guess that’s appropriate; one feels like the rush to get high, the other feels like the comedown. Not sure where this will land, but the band’s Exhibitionists is out now.
Girl Tears – “Candy Darling”
Catchy, killer punk that’s over before you know it, “Candy Darling” brings us to L.A.’s Girl Tears, whose debut album, Tension, will hit LP and CD Sept. 23 via Sinderlyn. Every song on the album is about a minute or less, but “Candy Darling” proves that’s all you need to make a deep impression. They’ll be supporting Terry Malts on tour, hitting S.F.’s Brick and Mortar Aug. 27 and L.A.’s Los Globos Aug. 28.
Death Valley Girls – “Gettin’ Hard”
L.A. punks Death Valley Girls had us with their first jam from their new EP, “Electric High,” but “Gettin’ Hard” really seals the deal with its ecstatic vocals and wicked psych solo. The Electric High EP will be out in early fall on Lollipop. Check it out via Consequence of Sound.
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