Cut Worms – Castle In The Clouds

by Woody on May 28, 2020

Photo Credit: Caroline Gohlke

Cut Worms, the moniker of Max Clarke, is back with his first new music since 2018’s excellent Hollow Ground. Here’s a little backstory on the track.

Clarke wrote “Castle in the Clouds” in April 2019 after tours supporting his 2017 EP Alien Sunset and 2018’s Hollow Ground. The songs came quick, then, too many to count. Eschewing demos for in-studio spontaneity, he finished “Castle in the Clouds” on a flight to Memphis, TN, and then recorded it the next day at Sam Phillips Studio with Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell, Margo Price). The resulting track is somewhere between a lonesome cowboy lullaby for the restless, and a doo-wop sci-fi elegy for the daydreaming teenagers of Mars. Its video, homemade by Clarke, pulls together luminous animations and mid-20th century stock footage.

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The title track of Retirement Party’s sophomore album opens the album and while I have yet to have the pleasure of seeing them play it live; I know it will be one of tunes that ends with my arms raised above my head looking around with a big shit-eating grin on my face. It is an anthemic rocker that takes you on a ride and it is so good, it makes missing live music hurt all the more.

That is immediately followed by Compensation, joining the ever-growing list of great tunes about the trials and tribulations of the music industry. I Wonder If They Remind You is a brilliant piece of cathartic power-pop. It has all the makings of the crowd screaming the lyrics back to Avery Springer, sort of like you see at a Pup show. Afterthought reminds me of a Camp Cope tune, Springer feels reflective on this tune.

Another week is isolation. Another Chicago band releases a great album. Avery Springer, James Ringness and Eddy Rodriguez just hit this one out of the park. It has become the go-to album for my summer.

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Squid are a five piece out of Brighton, England. They play some brand of post-punk that makes my head hurt (in a good way) Sort of like Black Midi. They released an EP last year called Town Centre that is bewildering to say the least. Here’s some info from the PR team.

“Sludge” was initially conceived during a soundcheck while supporting seminal post-punk group Wire, a fitting way to begin this new chapter for a band who have built so much of their reputation on their incendiary live shows. The track sees the band team up again with Dan Carey, who was recently deemed “Producer of the Year” by the Music Producers Guild.

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Silverbacks are five piece out of Dublin. Kind of stumbled across this track, Just In The Band, a year or so ago. I’m fairly a couple of them are Arsenal fans so there’s that to.

With elements of early punk and college rock indie, this should be a grand album. The first track is certainly worth your time.

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Skullcrusher signs to Secretly Canadian, announces debut EP for 6/26

May 19, 2020

Photo Credit: Silken Weinberg Skullcrusher is LA-based songwriter Helen Ballentine and I’m going to call false advertising. My skull was not crushed. It was gently placed on a down pillow after listening to this lovely tune. Anyway, Secretly Canadian will be releasing her debut EP on 6/26. Here’s some info from the PR team Skullcrusher […]

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Advertisement announce debut LP, American Advertisement for 7/10 release

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Momma announce Two of Me is out June 5th

May 13, 2020

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Deau Eyes – Let It Leave (album review)

May 12, 2020

Photo by Joel Arbaje Deau Eyes aka VA-based singer/songwriter Ali Thibodeau might be traveling the “same path” as Lucy Dacus – hailing from Richmond, VA and releasing music on Egg Hunt Records. But after spinning her debut LP on repeat this past weekend, I am constantly reminded one of one my favorite current songwriters; Lilly […]

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Roadside Graves announce That’s Why We’re Running Away for 5/22 release

May 11, 2020

Roadside Graves remain one of the most criminally underappreciated bands of the last 20 years and I’d be willing to fight anyone who said different. The Jersey band’s sixth album will be out on May 22nd via the fine folks at Don Giovanni Records. Here’s some info on the album. On this new record, the […]

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Fontaines D.C. announce A Hero’s Death for 7/31 release

May 11, 2020

Photo by Richard Dumas Fontaines D.C. released Dogrel last year and I played the living snot out of that album. The Irish quintet’s brand of punk really got under my skin. Thankfully, I’ll have a whole set of new tunes to get under my skin come July via the fine folks at Partisan Records. Here’s […]

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