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One of the best albums of the year. Raging but with style, panache and tunes. Debut album of LA post-punk band featuring Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Bridez), Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies) and Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps). Flat Worms belt-sanded everyone with their 7-inch on Volar, and Castle Face is proud as new papas to present their debut album. The band continues their ride on a buzz-saw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, the smog-choked sunset receding in the rearview, with a thousand-yard dead pan stare surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom-energized punk pistons. This is an ear-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, a mirage wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, with the constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy—Flat Worms scratch the itch quite nicely. Fans of classic SST / Homestead /Touch And Go Records will find much to love here.
Flat Worms is a three piece punk band from Los Angeles with Will Ivy, Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps) and Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies).
Artist: Flat Worms
Label: Castle Face
Release date: 20th October 2017
2. Goodbye Texas
5. White Roses
10. Red Hot Sand
Flat Worms really belt-sanded us with their 7î on Volar, and we are proud as new papas to present their debut LP. They continue their ride on a buzzsaw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, smog choked sunset receding in the rearview, a thousand yard dead-pan surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom energized punk pistons. Flat Worms - an ears-a-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, the mirage of direction wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy - Flat Worms scratch the itch quite nicely, we think.
"Their modern day psych-rock credentials are second to none: signed to Californian Castle Face Records (co-run by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees amongst others), while the band itself contains current and past members of premium psych artists such as Oh Sees, Ty Segall Band and Dream Boys, this debut sounds exactly like you'd expect from reading that.
The closing track, and first release, "Red Hot Sand", almost epic for them in length (over five minutes), is primetime lesson in post-punk intensity: fuzz bass, the sound of a thousand vomitting guitars, an earworm riff thrown in which could've existed on Is This It by The Strokes and cool as anything vocal detatchment, it's a piece of music which if you manage to get to the end of, you'll back to the beginning again, and again, and again." The Line Of Best Fit