Local Roundup: New Tracks from FIDLAR, SFV Acid, Vex Ruffin, Whirr; New Videos from Chris Cohen, Spaceships

Posted by Billy Gil, September 7, 2012 01:00pm | Post a Comment
FIDLAR – “Cheap Beer”
Like some unholy marriage between Black Flag and The Cramps, FIDLAR’s “Cheap Beer” is pure aural fuck  — “I DRINK CHEAP BEER SO WHAT FUCK YOU.” There’s more subtlety there within than that would imply — sweet little surf riffs, excellent solo, smart dynamics, perfect production without being self-consciously lo-fi. But the thing the L.A. band offers uniquely is that clear-cut dynamite party chorus, a rarity in the days of reverb-awash garage rock. FIDLAR’s deubt album will be released in early 2013 on Mom & Pop.

SFV Acid – “Ashland Slumber”

This nasty bit of indie electro-house comes from L.A.’s SFV Acid, who sound like they’re coming into their own with this latest slab of sublimely grimey dance music. “Ashland Slumber” sounds a bit like Detroit house blasted out of shitty speakers and garnering extra feedback and reverb in the process. I love how lush the synths are vs. the brutality of the beats. Harsh, weird fun stuff. The Neighborhood Archives EP is due Oct. 15 on UNO.

Vex Ruffin – “Take It”
Gnarly, nasty one-man-band punk out of L.A. Vex Ruffin’s “Take It” rides its bone-simple riff and drum machine (I think? It might as well be.) to great heights on Ruffin’s balls to the wall vocal. It’s kind of the punk inverse of Dirty Beaches’ one-main rockabilly noir. His debut LP is due next year on Stones Throw.


Whirr – “Twist”
Of course I have to write about Whirr, the great new shoegaze band from S.F. whose Pipe Dreams LP earlier this year had fans of Swervedriver and Ride jumping for joy. Whirr sets apart from the nu-shoegaze set with a defined tunefulness underneath the din and a punkier aesthetic to its distortion, which wraps around “Twist” like a warm blanket. I’m ready to call it a day, too, on listening to this dreamawayyourlife extended outro. It’s due on a double 7” release with fellow dream poppers Anne Oct. 16 on Run For Cover. The track debuted earlier this week via Pitchfork.

Chris Cohen – “Optimist High”
Former Deerhoof and Cryptacize guitarist and handsome guy Chris Cohen has a video for “Optimist High,” from his forthcoming album Overgrown Path (preorder here), due Sept. 25 on Captured Tracks. The L.A. native now lives in Vermont, but we still love him. This is one of those “I played every instrument” kind of psych-pop things. It’s also one of the best things I’ve heard in some time. If you weren’t already a sucker for Cohen’s beautifully intricate guitarwork in his previous bands, you will be after hearing “Optimist High,” on which he proves himself an incredibly skilled songsmith and singer as well. He’ll be at S.F.’s Hemlock Tavern Oct. 18 and L.A.’s Public Fiction Oct. 19.

Spaceships – “inTheSun” video
Spaceships are an awesome unsigned band from L.A. that play acidic lo-fi pop. If you liked early Best Coast and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and L.A. faves Giant Drag, you’ll probably enjoy Spaceships, although their brand of noise-pop is a bit more aggressive than Best Coast and dreamier than the Yeahs. I got the chance to watch this two-piece last month, and they’ve got the goods; frontwoman Jessie Waite shreds over Kevin LaRose’s steady, heavy beat. Their self-released Spaceships EP is out now.

Spaceships "inTheSun" (OFFICAL MUSIC VIDEO) from Spaceships on Vimeo.

This weekend: A band I constantly write about, The Fresh & Onlys, is playing The Echo tonight with Slumberlanders Terry Malts. Before that, Terry Malts will play Amoeba Hollywood at 6 p.m. tonight. Their album Killing Time is out now. Check out the video for the fuzzy, frantic “I Do” below.

Terry Malts - I Do from Slumberland Records on Vimeo.

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