Anything Terry Malts does feels like sonic gold right now, so it’s no surprise that this new 7″ a-side somehow feels totally different than their usual grit-soaked blast of pop-punk, but still totally turns me in to a blubbering sock puddle. It’s hard and heavy and I can feel the ghost of Ian Curtis smoking a cigarette just off stage right and it is, yet again, another complete and total victory for this most talented of bands.
The 7″ is a split with Dead Angles on the sporadic but well respected Log Lady Records.
As a former fan of the debunked Magic Bullets, it’s been difficult for me to give love to the very much adored Terry Malts. I hear their thrashy, melodic almost-punk, and it seems an ill-fitting soundtrack to the Morrisey-esque days of Magic Bullets. I of course hold on to things for to long, and coupled with my inability to be intelligent, I have, very frankly, been missing out. Terry Malts are, again quite frankly, amazing. And even if I could pull my hipster critic card and say something like, “Oh man, Magic Bullets were just such a better band,” I’d be wrong as Terry Malts doesn’t smother the spirit of Magic Bullets, it just injects it with a two parts meth, one part acid and lets the good times roll. Consider me a smitten kitten.
Terry Malts new album Killing Time is out now on Slumberland.
I’ve been waiting to hear the new project from the folks behind Magic Bullets for a while now. Magic Bullets were a lanky sort of garage-lounge act and I’d heard that Terry Malts was the thrashy punk phoenix rising from those ashes. ”Something About You” certainly kicks their former incarnation down the stairs and in to the garden. It’s a two-layered song: layer one is the sort of up-beat early 90s punk rock you would associate with the very best bands that populated early Warped Tours; while layer two is a thick paste of drudgy noise reminiscent of the darker end of a band like Cosmonauts spectrum. One tempers the other though and Terry Malts comes across with a surprisingly original sound, a stab of energy built to expand your mind.
“Something About You” is in three-song 7″ form from Slumberland and will also be sold on the upcoming tour.