Dividing time between Las Cruces, NM & Boston, Justin Hubbard & Tara McManus (MR. AIRPLANE MAN & TURPENTINE BROTHERS) recorded "Germ House" w/Matt Rendon (RESONARS), providing a deranged amalgam of candidly direct & distinctive melodies drizzled atop ragged, lo-fi punk testimonials.
Herein lies the uncomfortable duality of Germ House's album - a fascinating suite of tunes that are balancing with equal measure both the melodic & discordant.
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Here's some very enjoyable lo-fi post-punk action courtesy of the good people at Trouble In Mind. Germ House is the brainchild of former Turpentine Brother Justin Hubbard, who recorded these songs mostly unaided, at home by the sound of things, with his wife (not to mention Turpentine Bros bandmate and Mr Airplane Man member) Tara McManus-Hubbard offers her drumming skills on half the tracks. It's interesting to note that Marked Man Joe Ayoub completes their live line-up on bass, although he doesn't appear on this record.
The ten tracks on 'Showing Symptoms' have a similar ramshackle quality to the Hubbards' previous band, but infused with a more laid back and easygoing sensibility...if Turpentine Brothers represented their tightly-wound east-coast-ish side with a sort of Pussy Galore-ish aggression, in Germ House there's a much more carefree west coast sensibility like you might find on The Intelligence's 'Fake Surfers', with regular traces of spontaneity and casual tunefulness in amongst the crackling bedroom racket that make it hard to avoid a Bob Pollard/Guided By Voices comparison before I stop writing. 'Why Can't I Unwind' provides an early highlight on first listen, a slow-burner with a crunchily jangling build-up that provides one of the record's gnarliest but also catchiest moments. Recommended for those who like well-constructed indie pop songs with a rough-and-ready lo-fi garage aesthetic.
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