Album opener “Kill My Baby Tonight” is the perfect introduction to the band’s marriage of ‘60s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch’s surreal exposés of Southern California’s underbelly. Sade Sanchez’s black velvet vocals disguise the malicious intent of this murder ballad, with the thumping pulse of bassist Irita Pai, the slow-burn build of drummer Ellie English, and Sanchez’s desert guitar twang helping beguile the listener into becoming a willing accomplice to the narrator’s crimes. “Brian” follows the opening track with a similarly graceful, if not somewhat ominous, slow-mo take on a well-worn jukebox 7.” It’s a vibe that permeates the entire album, from the early psychedelic hue of 13th Floor Elevators on tracks like “You Love Nothing,” through the motorik beat and fuzzed-out licks of “Drive Your Car,” to the grittier permutation of Mazzy Star’s sleepy beauty on “Baby In Blue Jeans.”
Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release their debut album on September 8th, 2017. L.A. Witch is available on CD, digital formats, and 1500 LPs on translucent pink vinyl with a download card.
MON SEPT 4 – Groningen NL, Vera
TUE SEPT 5 – Amsterdam NL, Paradiso
WED SEPT 6 – Ghent BE, Kinky Star
THU SEPT 7 – Berlin DE, Kantine am Berghain
FRI SEPT 8 – Köln DE, Burger Invasion: Cologne
SAT SEPT 9 – Hamburg DE, Burger Invasion: Molotow
MON SEPT 11 – Olten CH, Le Coq D’Or
WED SEPT 13 – Zurich CH, Gonzo Club
THU SEPT 14 – Clermont-Ferrand FR, Le Baraka
FRI SEPT 15 – Tilburg NL, 013
SAT SEPT 16 – Paris FR, Le Batofar
SUN SEPT 17 – Lille FR, DIY Cafe
MON SEPT 18 – Bristol UK, The Crofters Right
TUE SEPT 19 – Brighton UK, Acid Box
WED SEPT 20 – London UK, Moth Club
THU SEPT 21 – Glasgow UK, Mono
FRI SEPT 22 – Liverpool UK, Psych Festival
SAT SEPT 23 – Rotterdam NL, Rotown
Filthy Friends have announced the release of their debut album Invitation out August 25 via Kill Rock Stars.
Filthy Friends is the product of like-minded individuals with nothing to prove getting together and making a heroic racket together that finds space for their many influences and interests. Lead singer, Corin Tucker has left an indelible mark on the punk scene through her memberships in Sleater-Kinney and Heavens to Betsy. Guitarist Kurt Bloch has logged a lot of hours as the leader of The Fastbacks, as well as serving as a producer/mentor for up and coming Seattle rock groups. Drummer Bill Rieflin has a fine day job as one of the drummers in King Crimson. Bassist Scott McCaughey keeps plenty busy doing studio work and mining the power pop underground with his long-running band the Young Fresh Fellows. As for the other guitarist Peter Buck…if you’re unfamiliar with him, you haven’t been paying attention to the last 30 years of alternative/college/indie rock. (Stage whisper: He used to be in R.E.M.)
So far, the world has gotten to know Filthy Friends through a nicely scattershot batch of songs: “Despierata,” their entry into the anti-Trump project 30 Songs For 30 Days and the 2017 Record Store Day release featuring their original “Any Kind of Crowd” and a sinister take on Roxy Music’s “Editions of You.” Now this fierce collective is fanning the flames even hotter with the release of their debut full-length Invitation. Yes, it does slip their already released tracks into the mix, but what surrounds those tunes is oh so much more than you could have ever asked for.
The 12-song collection works through a flurry of different moods and styles, genre exercises and joyous experiments. The intricate guitar knots and blasts of bubblegum pop of Buck’s beloved Television are all over the herky-jerky “Windmill.” A mashup of ‘60s downer vibes and rootsy rumblings makes up the marvellous “Second Life” whereas “Come Back Shelley” is all swagger and glitz in the style of a lost glam rock 45. There ain’t nothing this band can’t do with the wet clay of rock music and what they sculpt out of it is pure art.