Pissed Jeans have released an album called “Why Love Now”. This album, on Sub Pop records, is 12 tracks long and clocks in at 37min. Pissed Jeans, as uttered or more like ejaculated, on ‘Waiting on My Warning’ certainly kick “life’s big behind.” It’s a bluesy spoken word type intro to the record with minimal instrumentation. But get ready- this picks up speed. For a 4 piece the amount of sludgey, noisey rock and the walls of noise that assault the ears is impressive.The drumming is awesome songs are tightly structured-barely giving you time to breathe in between tracks. Vocals vary in style-drawn out words and consonants and hidden melodies abound, but they are generally snotty. A great amount of punk energy and integrity come across. I get a southern rock vibe from this album (Pissed Jeans are from Allentown PA). Maybe it’s like the dirty swamp murk aura of the songs.Makes me want whisky and a smoke. ‘I’m a Man’ is pretty badass, don’t want to reveal why tho, so check it out asap. My favorite track is ‘It’s Your Knees’. Reminds me of the 90’s rock era and so does ‘Activa’. ‘Worldwide Marine Asset Financial Analyst’ is quite the ripper. “Why Love Now” wraps with ‘Not Even Married’ a song about relationship woes, prob also a favorite of mine. Their singles are ‘Ignorecam’ and ‘The Bar is Low’.
The record cover is a super cute pic of the band with a pink border. Ordering the album gets you, according to their bandcamp,”an exclusive bonus mix that includes an assortment of home recordings from all members of the band, interview clips, found sounds and more.” Go pick it up mofo; bang yr head and rock n roll.
Bardo Pond have released a new full length album on Fire Records called “Under the Pines”. It has 6 tracks and clocks in at 40min. This album, while remaining essentially Bardo Pond, that is-psychedelic drone-rock, is also quite unique and melodic. A fine listen.
It starts off with ‘Crossover’, their single per se, and this song is very pleasant, with lyrics you can almost sing along to, very structured. Dueling guitars and smashing percussion. ‘Out of Reach’ is meandering and relaxing, with lots of noise, and it picks up speed towards the end which tricks the mind as the vocals remain spacey and slow. ‘My Eyes Out’ wraps up side A with this relatively short track.’Moment to Moment’ has a kind of western twang and takes it time. The flute floats along magically.’Under the Pines’ is absolutely beautiful. It’s my favorite on “Under the Pines”. Very emotive and has a rough edge. ‘Effigy’ wraps up side B and here the flute makes another appearance, this track is instrumental and peaceful in a way that makes me glad a band like Bardo Pond is around in this tumultuous world.
Isobel Sollenberger’s voice on “Under the Pines” is strong throughout, clear, and in harmony with the fantastic and complex instrumental accompaniment. The unity achieved on this record is what makes it so unique, Bardo Pond continue to push boundaries.My advice- please lean back, turn the volume up, open your third eye, and set aside some time to enjoy this groovin’ musical ride. You can order on Bardo Pond bandcamp. The cover art is in shades of blue and has a neat drawing by Clint Takeda. The back has a sepia toned image of a hills in a desert. It was recorded in the Lemur house studio.
Photo Credit to Dan Cohoon at Bardo Pond Photography.
Philadelphia doom metal psych-rockers Heavy Temple have been around since 2013, and have released a new album called ‘Chassit’. It is 4 heavy songs long, and is loosely based around Stephen King’s 8 book series ‘The Dark Tower’. The series incorporates horror, western, and fantasy themes, and a film adaptation is coming out with Idris Elba as the lead character. Cool! The album has fantastic cover art, with bears on a leash and a snake winding around the neck of a cloaked woman. ‘Key and Bone’ starts slowly, building an atmosphere and then busting out with High Priestess Nighthawk’s wicked vocals. After awhile a nice heavy psych guitar sound emerges. ‘Ursa Machina’, or robot bear, has fuzzy guitar and once the drums start the song really comes together. A cool western style interrupts, then the doom takes over. ‘Pink Glass’ punks out with drums and a tight guitar groove. Lyrics= “I dreamt I cut your heart out, I held it in my hand”. Longest jam and my favorite. ‘Chassit’ wraps with ‘In the Court of the Bastard King’, vocals begin straightaway and are powerful, leading into a foot tappin’ jam. Probably the most spacey rock track. These songs are complex and evil, doom metal done right.
The digital album is available at bandcamp for only $6.66 (hmm, the beast’s #). Heavy Temple go on tour in March.
Photo credit to Dan Cohoon