Review: Stuck – “Change Is Bad”

Holy mother of fuck, how did this one slip below the radar? Born Yesterday Records released the Chicago quartet Stuck’s debut LP, Change Is Bad, mid-pandemic in April and I am left wondering how this atypical and teetering 11-song blessing of angular post-punk didn’t make it itself known on a seismic scale. This thing is that…

Review: Wet Fruit – S/T

The songs just skitter away in a delightful pop of Roman candles on Wet Fruit’s self-titled, debut LP, out last week on digital and cassette via Seattle’s Halfshell Records, each composition uniquely frenetic and painted with minute detail to texture and tone. But to write off the ascending Portland quartet as some incantation of art-rock…

Review: Catholic Action – “One of Us”

50 words on Catholic Action’s one-song drop, minus those words, smartass. Talking Heads meet Franz Ferdinand in this herky-jerky amble from Glasgow. Guitars skitter skatter across the landscape, with bass and drum syncopating, as the band’s frontman blasts out Freaks-appropriate lines like “Chemical walk through the family home/ Destroyed his nerves for the sovereign bones.”…

Review: Pachyderm – “Verge”

Pachyderm’s turning out to be a tough band to pin down. While the obtuse single the group dropped in January, the aptly titled “I’m Not Happy, I’m Just High,” was epic stuff on the order of The Sea and Cake, the Pittsburgh-based quintet also traffics in a lighter, sometimes alarmingly straight-forward brand of indie-pop, powerful…

Review: Jeremy Bass – “The Greatest Fire”

Considering Jeremy Bass’ new LP, The Greatest Fire, boasts contributions from Nick Luca and Jacob Valenzuela, there probably was little doubt this thing would draw comparisons to Calexico. But, while it beats everyone’s favorite southwestern desert folksters in one respect — The Greatest Fire will be released Jan. 19, seven days before Calexico’s highly anticipated The Thread…

REVIEW: The Patient/Breathers – “Extension” b/w “Colony Of Taste”

Elephant 6, indeed. Athens, Ga. groups The Patient and Breathers do their respective idioms some justice on a too-short, split 7-inch single out last week on Chunklet Industries and Third Uncle Records. Elephant 6 luminaries Robert Schneider and W. Cullen Hart, posed here for their first release as The Patient, echo Elf Power and even…

PROFILE: Soda Club (2017)

It starts with the muted, chikka-chikka strum of a Fender Telecaster electric guitar and the clacking metronome of drumsticks, while riffing on a slight, but healthy case of secret identity. “I show up to your Halloween party / without a costume on,” singer/guitarist Shay Park coos, her voice caressing the syllables of each word. “Everyone…