There are guitars on this 7″ single that make me so fucking happy. They’re the kind of guitars that sound like the end of the world. Like The Beach Boys in their pop pomp being pushed through a lo-fi blender. These guitars are on ‘Don’t Leave Me on The Speaker’ which is the most accessible pop moment on this EP. It’s also made me wish the band would explore this ‘pop’ side a little further as this song is the one I keep dropping the needle on the groove for. It really is a wonderful moment.
That’s not to say the rest of the EP is bad, per se. It’s just more familiar territory for Eat Skull. ‘Jerusalem Mall’ sounds like a distant cousin of the Butthole Surfers with squealing guitars layered on top of a doomy sounding backing and ‘Thank You Smoke Breaks’ is an out and out thrash where things rumble along at a hundred miles an hour. I really really like Eat Skull. And I’d like them even more if they explored their pop side a little further.
Links: Eat Skull | Woodist
Eat Skull are wonderfully lo-fi. I first heard them on a split 7″ with Male Bonding. Their side of this 7″ is a two song affair. ‘Double Wasted’ kicks off proceedings. A sloppy, echo laden feast of guitar hums which fades out just as it appears to get going. ‘Leave The Universe’ is next up. A slower woozy sounding song. If that slightly confused state that you get into when you are getting a little too drunk could be turned into a sound – it would pretty much be this sound: where lazy guitars shatter, voices echo and drums lurch and stagger. I like.
Ganglians, from Sacramento in California, have been bubbling away for the last few months – their LP ‘Monster Head Room’ has been nagging away at me like an irritating child. I’m not sure I like it – but it just won’t let me be. The song here ‘Lost Words’ is on that LP. Isolated on a 7″ record it sounds some how warmer. This is 60′s tinged and spacey sounding. I think the irritating child is pulling me towards the LP again. The band have releases on Weird Forest, Woodsist and Captured Tracks. This 7″ comes out on Dulci I Tone Records.
Links: Eat Skull | Ganglians | Dulci I Tone Records
A few weeks ago I found myself in Nottingham for Weirdaplooza. It wasn’t that weird. It was 7 or 8 band showcase with a heavy leaning on that Garage rock sound. The Strange Boys headlined. The Hipshakes also shook their considerable thing. But the band that really got me, was Male Bonding. I’d already heard them via their split 7″ with Pens (which is now sold out). So I was kinda secretly hoping they’d be fab but not wanting to build them up to much in my mind in case they let me down. They didn’t. I loved them. So much so, I picked up their latest 7″ on Tough Love Records. Another split effort, this time, with Eat Skull on the other side. The Male Bonding side is called ‘Year’s Not Long’ and it’s a frenetic slash of dizzying guitars. Lots of thumbs up from me. They’ve got another split 7″ coming out soon with Cold Pumas.
The Eat Skull side of this record was a pleasant surprise as well. ‘Heavens Stranger’ is rhythmic blast of guitar fun. Not unlike Male Bonding but just a little less raucous. From Portland, Oregon in the USA. Another new band to investigate. Another pound or five to spend.
Links: Male Bonding | Eat Skull | Tough Love Records