Flat Worms are an LA band who move in those vivid psychy circles surrounding Thee Oh Sees (the last Flat Worms album came out on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label) and Ty Segall (he recorded Into The Iris, in his house no less). That means they deliver high levels of energy and lots of fuzzy fun! This little EP is released by God?
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Into the Iris is the new EP from scuzzy, psych rockers Flat Worms. A love/hate child from various other projects including Thee Oh Sees, Dream Boys, and The Babies, this is a no-nonsense piece of work drawing from a punk and post-punk lineage that includes The Ramones, The Drags, Lydia Lunch, and Wire. This EP conveys a kind of snotty teenage anarchism that comes from crap recording spaces and equipment that breaks occasionally; psych rock darling Ty Segall even recorded it in his house.
Into the Iris is a very concise record, with its six songs clocking in at only sixteen minutes; the longest one, ‘Shouting at the Wall’, comes in at a veritably proggy three minutes and nine seconds. It’s clear from this, then, that Flat Worms aren’t messing around. Each guitar and bass line is razor-sharp, full of piss and vinegar and always threatening to descend into a mess of feedback. However, crucially, Into the Iris never abandons itself to scuzzy noise freakouts, preferring to confine these to a few seconds bookending every song.
Thinking about Flat Worms in relation to other artists, I instantly think of The Drags, New Mexico’s finest sons. Their album ‘Dragspoitation’ is a classic garage record and manages to be even shorter than Into the Iris at only fourteen minutes, as well as being two songs longer! Like ‘Dragspoitation’, the EP conveys a sense of paranoia and anxiety at the way things are. The song titles are all confused, scattered images, such as ‘Scattered Palms’, ‘Shouting at the Wall’, and ‘Plastic at Home’. ‘Who will start the countdown for us?’ the opening track asks, it’s an anarchic yet somewhat anxious inquiry that accurately sums up Flat Worms’ view of the world.
Though the fuzz and the barked choruses might bely the content of the message, don’t be fooled, Into the Iris fixes a watchful, worried eye on the state of the world today and finds it wanting.
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