Walter TV, Emotional, Eternal Drag
Carpe Diem sees WALTER TV dealing with many (all?) of the classic tropes that no person can seem to escape or avoid (except the enlightened few) including, suffering, loss, death, love, chaos, inevitability, declining conditions of earth, self inflicted spiritual pain, heart attacks, forfeiture of morals, yearning, attempts at doing the right thing, karma (police), moments of clarity, depression, introversion/extroversion, the singularity, technological advancements, neglect, insults of opulence, lack of community and looking out for your fellow people, being paranoidyou get the point!. First single Graceland perfectly exemplifies the interaction of danceable, light-hearted energy with a more head-y, self-aware existentialism that carries throughout the entire album.
From the watery depths of Walter TV comes another gurgling homage to surf rock, blanketed with a comedic strangeness that weve come to expect from Mac DeMarcos backing band. In the middle of a tour with this festival seasons champion, the nomadic Canadian group have carved out an interesting and slightly more complex approach to their music. Though it is fair to say that their marbles are still loosely scattered everywhere. Theres a sweet and sunny vibe emanating from between the little punk-y riffs, like the twinkling guitar on Paranormal Witness. It has to be the quickest and most casual imaginative transport youll get to the beach, with a beer in hand and sea foam between your toes, wondering if you actually have seen this TV show that the crazy Canadians keep asking you about. They dive straight back into a world of ridiculous editing in their music videos, giving stray Youtubers a bewildered laugh though its intentional, of course. They probably will not be winning any MTV music video award anytime soon. Drunken Werewolf
DIY world bedroom pop
Theres a new band in town: Eternal Drag. Made up of members from San Francisco indie pop standards such as The Dodos and Social Studies as well as lo-fi band White Fence, the group has an impressive lineage right from the get-go. The band is delightfully subdued in nature with dreamy vocals and subtle instrumentation to match. This month, Eternal Drag released two songs on their newly-established Bandcamp. Another Bottle is a sleepy track with vocals and lyrics reminiscent of Harvest-era Neil Young. The other track, Hovering, is laden with vocal harmonizing and constant, droning guitar work. You can listen here to the few tracks Eternal Drag has so graciously provided and see them Saturday night at the Hemlock Tavern, where theyll be performing their first show. The Bay Bridged
Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
|Minimum Age: 21
|Kid Friendly: No
|Dog Friendly: No
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!