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Palberta Vinyl, CD & tapes by Palberta at Norman Records

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Roach Goin' Down

Prolific punx Palberta return to Wharf Cat Records (Big French, Bichkraft) with a fun, fresh LP. Roach Goin’ Down may run to twenty-two tracks, but the band rattle through them with such ramshackle abandon that things don’t ever feel like they’re dragging. Combining twee-punk ala Trust Fund, art-punk ala Parquet Courts and some sweet vocal harmonies ala Girlpool, the band’s sound is at once carefree and mature.

Bye Bye Berta

Now seven releases deep, Palberta blindside you with strange post-punk grooves that sort of recall ESG and The Birthday Party before the singing starts and pulls the rug from under your feet. Each song features an array of quizzical vocal arrangements, from knowingly cutesy harmonies to chanted almost-melodies that recall the better bits of Gaggle. The closest touchstone here is probably Micachu & The Shapes - that is to say, well worth checking out.

My Pal Berta

A disgruntled racket from Palberta. My Pal Berta is a groovy lo-fi post-punk affair with a raucous riot grrrl ascetic thrown in. Packed with antagonizing guitars, angular bass lines, jarring drums and screw-you vocals. Akin to Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Sonic Youth. Out on vinyl LP from Feeding Tube Records.