This trio from Sacramento is anything but ordinary. On their new album "X'ed Out" the musicians also create counterpoints to each other: Nathan Latona's bass slaps its way through the pieces in a casual dissonance to Nick Reinhard's guitar patterns, while drummer John Clardy doesn't seem to follow any rules anyway. Nevertheless, the twelve new tunes seem surprisingly harmonious and even quite groovy. In "Until Lufthansa" weird noises à la Dinosaur Jr break out, while in other song pearls subtle acts like Sonic Youth, Fugazi or Minutemen are heard. "X'ed Out" is still going into the race harmoniously with "Weird Circles". But this Pop'n'Foals trend is soon thrown overboard. And then cosiness spreads in the form of harsh noise extravagances. "New Chlorine" even invites a little headbanging. But with "No Phase" and "X'ed Out And Tired" there is a slightly drifted psychedelia, which would also look good on the Flaming Lips.
Top Track: No Phase