"Of the many reasons that postpunkers Protomartyr have struck a (dis)chord – a frontman who felt too old to start a band but did anyway, a downcast urgency that underlines his foreboding storytelling – their Detroit birthplace has proved compelling inspiration. Their music reflects dilapidated houses and demolition sites; it comes from a place of alluring urban decay and authentic economic hardship. Led by Joe Casey, whose gravelly malaise recalls a sleepy Shane MacGowan, their third album tries to sever that umbilical chord and explore darker personal material."
"Before he formed Meatbodies, Chad Ubovich - a clutch figure in the thriving Los Angeles underground-rock ecosphere—finessed himself into Mikal Cronin's band as a guitarist. Then, he maneuvered into Fuzz as a bassist, where he met scene kahuna Ty Segall. Segall took a liking to Ubovich's own explosive recordings, and in 2013 released the Chad and the Meatbodies cassette on his God? imprint via Drag City. Some of those tracks made it onto the turbo-charged 2014 Meatbodies LP; its 12 instantly catchy songs merge garage rock, glam, psychedelia, and punk with a Segall-ian swagger and a White Fencelike tendency for the poised freak-out."
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