Singles Club: Aborted Tortoise + Gateway Drugs + Pip Blom
It comes and goes with all the ruthless frenzy of a bloodthirsty mob of Black Friday shoppers, though Aborted Tortoise is most definitely much more enjoyable than hordes of buyers gone wild. The right mix of droll and aggro, this bunch of Perth garage punks gets it so very right with their cheeky, brusquely barbed "Violent Consumers."
Riotous, raw fuzz abounds on "Slumber," the latest single from LA psych makers Gateway Drugs. The song's relentless rhythms and gauzy haze feel both haunting and urgent, taking cues from the constant light vs dark duality of their home turf. You can find "Slumber" on the band's forthcoming LP PSA, out next Friday (5/8).
Pip Blom's Boat was one of my favorite records of 2019, and last week saw the delightful Dutch fuzz rockers release a limited edition, deluxe version of that very record. The darkly sinuous "Sell By Date" features on the expanded release, and the dusky sweetness slots in quite nicely with the rest of Pip Blom's top drawer noise.