Introducing: Acid Baby Jesus
When local bands have record release shows, they often invite bands from the local scene to support their big night. In addition to proximity, there is generally a certain level of genre cohesiveness to the process of choosing who will play these shows. For the Is/Is III release show tonight, most of the bands fit both of those criteria, while one stands out in regards to the location part. Acid Baby Jesus’s sound fits right in with the rest of the lineup, but the band’s 4,500 + mile distance from their home in Greece definitely makes them stand out in this lineup. As you can hear below from the groups self titled debut LP, the band are well versed in the hazy, jangly garage rock that has been so prevalent in the local scene as of late. From the thick charge of album opener “Tomboy” —which falls sounds like a heavier mix of Kurt Vile and Ty Segall– to stoned groove of “Mesmorized,” the band have just that right mix of crisp songwriting and fuzzy dissonance. They claim to try to find a middle between Black Sabbath and The Black Lips, and I think they actually come close. See the band tonight with Is/Is, Fire in the Northern Firs, Heavy Deeds and Zoo Animal at the Turf Club (for only $6), and buy them a drink, damnit, they are far from home!
Chapter 24: “Spindle”
Chapter 24 are a new noise/post punk quartet out of the UK whom Rough Trade are calling “tropical punk” though based on what I have heard I wouldn’t describe it as such. Based on their single “Spindle” it sounds like they make lo-fi, melodic noise punk that is anchored by urgently thrashed guitars, uptempo drums and lead singer Claire Smith’s disdainful howl. Its a little rawer, full of energy, and considerably less “psychobilly” than the band they seem to get compared to most often, the Cramps. This of course, however, is all based on one single “Spindle” which you can listen to below and pick up from Odd Box Records (with B side “4454″). I like it, and hope there is more to come that is a lot like this.
Chapter 24 will be performing in St. Paul on March 3rd at the Turf Club.
– Jon Behm