Basic rule for garage rock: if there’s more guitar than fuzz, there’s not enough fuzz. Enter Moths & Locust, who are making, if nothing else, a huge fuzz. Brace yourself for some heavy and noisy psychedelic rock on their new album Intro / Outro, produced by Rob the Viking. Out soon on beautiful yellow vinyl.
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Just a lot of fuzz, really. Makes sense when you consider that Moths & Locusts are releasing this one on Cardinal Fuzz, but boy there’s a lot of it. A garage rock band whose howling vocals shimmer in obscurity, whose drums feel fizzy, and whose groovy setup is out in the dusty distance somewhere, their sound is gonna appeal to those among you who like your psych rock busy with noise and illusion.
You can still hear them having the most ludicrous of times, though: the wonderfully named “Sea Hell” comes with bonus flute and a dub rhythm, plus a vocal sample that feels completely out of place. The whole thing grooves adequately around its aesthetic formlessness before moving into a quick, hazy drone and forward into a noisy locked psych groove. All this to suggest the band don’t care about sequencing like, at all, which is fine when you’re meandering through swathes of sonic debris.
Flip it over and they start to wah, their guitars twisting and whining their way through unstructured noise and a whole lot of delayed howls. A swamped acoustic ditty worthy of early Guided by Voices worms its way into proceedings and the record closes with back to back hard rock and chipmunk kosmische. What the hell is going on? Did I make all of this up?
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