CREEPERS "When a new band is not just good/hummable/hooky but fills a void in your musical universe, it's a wonderful thing. Creepers' romantic garage-psych hits an array of sweet spots with something I can only describe as forward-thinking nostalgia, at once resonating with peak moments of innocence while sounding utterly modern. Aside from drummer Dan Tracy's monstrous opening drum fill, you wouldn't know that he and guitarist/vocalist Shiv Mehra are 2/5ths of post-black-metal giants, Deafheaven. While their day job certainly draws on pop, Creepers has different bones in its skeleton. Whereas Deafheaven blend gobs of triumphant emo chords into their palette, Creepers are more of a masculine take on the deep dreaminess of Cocteau Twins or a tighter, heavier iteration of early MBV. And while "Take You There" is heavy, there's hardly a trace of metal in its bones (though its recommended you play this loudly)." Noisey
NAYTRONIX Strangers to the touring life refer to it as "living the dream," while generally the ones actually doing the touring see it more as living in a dream. The difference is subtle to the uninitiated, yet is intimate to Nate Brenner, AKA Naytronix, who has spent much of the past four years touring the world as bassist for the mighty tUnE-yArDs. Consider Naytronix's second full-length, Mr. Divine (2015, City Slang), his treatise on the subject, which sees him turning from the disjointedly funky party dance anthems of his debut Dirty Glow (2012, Plug Research) to a surrealist stream of consciousness poignancy.
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