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Record Review: Cemetery Highrise Slum - Creepoid

Local psych-grunge rockers Creepoid’s latest LP Cemetery Highrise Slum is immaculate. The follow-up to 2014’s self-titled album, which just dropped today, marks yet another monumental moment for the four-piece: their first release with Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records.
 
Opening with the somber “American Smile,” Cemetery Highrise Slum’s start is instantaneously lush. Equal parts dissonance and melody, “American Smile” is comprised of just as much emotional juxtaposition as its namesake might suggest. Crisp chords paired with buzzing riffs bleed effortlessly into Sean Miller’s affecting diction as the track’s lyricism emanates a sense of decayed longing that is difficult not to discern. Reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate’s grittiest portions of How It Feels to Be Something On, “American Smile” is delectably heavy and persistently transcendent up until the very end.
 
“Devil In The Subtext” wastes no time, captivating listeners with a percussive pulse and jarring backbeat. The swirling psychedelics of the album’s second track are nearly tangible, showcasing Creepoid’s meticulous orchestration and sparing use of reverb. The song exhibits itself as a well-deserving successor to grunge anthems like Sonic Youth’s “Sugar Kane.” The enjoyably emotive downer, “Fingernails,” unfolds as hauntingly moody, while “Seams” swells to life with deliberate phrasings and lingering harmonies.
 
The noisy start to “Dried Out” revives the best of ‘90s alt without feeling cliché. The lyricism of the song is wrought with harsh realism and pragmatism with confessional lines like “We’ve been living a lie” and urgent pleas like “Show me the real you,” crooned out with a similar desperation as Cobain’s “Heart-Shaped Box.” “Shaking” is dreamy, like a gloomy lullaby or bittersweet ballad. It is affirming, vulnerable, and earnest, an unapologetic declaration in its own rite, and “Calamine” is charmingly melancholic - synonymous to earlier tracks from Creepoid’s previous LP, like “Baptism.”
 
The trippy tempo of “Tell the Man” brings to mind similarly mesmerizing cuts like The Pixies’ “Gouge Away,” while presenting itself as a plausible narrative extension of The Velvet Underground’s iconic “I’m Waiting For the Man.” With “Worthless and Pure,” the band proves itself to be subtle yet raw, preparing listeners for Cemetery Highrise Slum’s conclusion that is marked by the suitably abrasive “Eating Dirt” and the otherworldly “Here,” which temporally paint a bleak yet memorable soundscape. 
 
Cemetery Highrise Slum is indicative of its creator’s genius. It, like all that came before, is a declaration of why all eyes and ears need to remain on Creepoid. - Dianca London Potts

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Krust Toons: "Important Uses for Band Fund" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Important Uses for Band Fund" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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Grimace Federation Opening for Jaga Jazzist at Union Transfer June 22

Post-rock enthusiasts Grimace Federation will be opening for one of their greatest influences, legendary Norwegian nine-piece Jaga Jazzist, this evening at Union Transfer. The local trio has been rather dormant about releasing new material of late, but all that will change soon with their forthcoming EP The Measure In Mixture, surprisingly due out via well-respected Minneapolis hip-hop record label Rhymesayers. The album will feature two new tracks from the band as well as a couple of insane remixes from longtime friend and collaborator Aesop Rock. Also along for the wild ride tonight will be LA via Nashville's Among Savages (a.k.a. Peter Barbee). Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, $22, All Ages - Alexis V.

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New Track: "For Luck" - Cyberbully Mom Club

Here's another lovely, psych-tinged ditty called "For Luck" from Cyberbully Mom Club, whom we think is the bee's knees. We don't think that it will be too long before the rest of the world catches on to the instinctively unique songwriting of Shari Heck. Cyberbully Mom Club will have a new EP for us in August - yass!

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Left & Right Crank the Gas at A House Named Virtue June 21

Left & Right have a sound that etches into one’s system. With songs that provide unaltered snapshots, developed at varying tempos, the band can ride a slow-burner that gradually gathers musical steam in a subdued yet emotionally poignant place or crank the gas to full blast and accelerate the process, cooking up pummeling backend. As we await the release of their forthcoming album, Dogs on Acid is set to perform as is the roaring, riff-tastic pop-punk trio Thin Lips, whose EP Divorce Year is in constant rotation. Austin psych-pop quintet The Sour Notes fills out this evening's lineup. A House Named Virtue, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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