You’re already in my veins.
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Last year, PUNCH emerged as one of the most vital feminist punk bands in the game with the release of their third LP, They Don’t Have To Believe. In just over nineteen minutes, frontwoman Meghan O’Neill dropped more real talk than most bands manage in an entire discography; all against a speedy backdrop of punishing powerviolence committed to wax by Jack Shirley (best known for his work on Deafheaven’s Sunbather.) Just when the hype train started to catch on, the band mysteriously split.
We haven’t heard much from the PUNCH camp since then, at least, until last week, when Meghan O’Neill posted the first single for her new band, Super Unison, called “Recognize You.” Her vocals are clearer and less corrosive on the track, and the band’s overall sound leans more towards the post-hardcore end of the spectrum. If you like White Lung, you’d probably dig it. Jack Shirley produced the single, but it’s unclear if he’s on board for their upcoming 7″. They’ve only played a couple of shows so far, but hopefully they’ll make it out of the Bay Area and hit oh… I don’t know, The Acheron sometime this summer.
This has been the best week for hip-hop in forever.
Speaking of Bay Area powerviolence, hardcore kid turned rapper Antwon has a new EP Double Ecstasy due out this summer and just released a pair of singles off of it. The rap game Ric Flair is calling the new record, “new dark club influenced pleasurable soundscapes dedicated to the afterglow.” He’s pretty much right on the money. The funky “Jacuzzi” is a smooth, vocoder-driven club groove produced by GREEDHEAD-friendly emcee and beatmaker Lushlife. It’s pretty dope, but the real banger is the trappy “Squad Deep.” Ratking’s BPM-annihilating emcee Wiki shows up to spit some bars and is the perfect compliment to Antwon’s more leisurely paced, slurry flow. Skywlkr gets the producer creds and the beat sounds like something straight out of DJ Mustard’s loop bin. 2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for hip-hop.
Everyone’s favorite South American psych-electro act Föllakzoid are readying the release of their new record, III, which is out on March 31 via borough’s most reliable source of all things pitch black and hazy, Sacred Bones. The intense new record consists of four long, form-defying tracks that Eddie Hazel might have laid down if he took a ton of bad acid and listened to doom records and Factory Floor for a week straight. They songs were all made while the band toured last year, coming out of “open-air live medleys or very cold Russian basement soundcheck grooves.” The Chilean band brought in German electrolatino whiz Atom TM to flesh out the albums synth parts with atonal electronic sounds and sampled organic glitches. They help give the record the feel of an extended, soft-industrial jam session. You can stream III in its entirety above.
I vividly remember an intense feeling of dread as I hit “publish” on FREEwilliamsburg’s “Top 25 Albums of 2014” this past December. It was like that feeling you get in that stupid dream where you’re sitting in algebra class and you realize that you forgot to wear clothes. Somehow, we had completely forgotten Big Ups’ Eighteen Hours of Static, which was probably my favorite record for the first couple of months of 2014. I’ll attribute the mental lapse to the record’s January release date, and as pittance for its omission, offer a strong recommendation to the readers of FREEwilliamsburg to see Big Ups, Kissing Fractures, Swings and BBC America at Aviv tonight. It’s just $6 and Big Ups are probably the best punk band in New York City right now. Tickets are available at the door.