Pang — Attention Deficit
Oakland’s all-girl all-fierce quartet Pang debuted yesterday with a seven-inch on Play Pinball! Records. Its garage punk sound on the A-side, “Attention Deficit,” incorporates a kind of synth-drone that finds a middle ground between Stereolab’s hypnotic keyboards and The Okmoniks' frantic organ. The song shows symptoms of its namesake disorder, meaning lots of short bursts of simple, effective melodies that make your head spin. Pay attention or … wait, what?
Stripmall Architecture — Commuter
San Francisco’s Stripmall Architecture released a new music video this week for its new single “Commuter,” off its forthcoming album Suburban Reverb, out June 18. The single, along with the rest of the album, seems to implicitly critique the modern working world, but always with its signature bouncy but simultaneously dark sound. But that’s postmodernism for ya: pop surface with an underbelly of alienation. The video’s depiction of what a drag adult life can be turns literal at the end (spoiler: the protagonist trades his suit for drag).
Sister Crayon — Cynic
The Bay Area’s Sister Crayon released its Cynic EP yesterday on Fake Four, along with a music video for the title track. How such a soft-spoken song manages to be so intense, we might not ever be sure, but if I had to guess: the spare instrumentation and the ghostly lo-fi drum machine provide a backdrop that amplifies the pure pathos of the vocals. It might also have something to do with the wizardry the band is conjuring up in the music video. Look out for more on Sister Crayon from the East Bay Express in May.