July 9, 2013

Sound Bites: Destruction Unit, Superchunk and Titus Andronicus

Destruction Unit's "The World On Drugs"

With the exception of Pop. 1280 and the Men's pre-dad-rock days, you could say Destruction Unit are properly named to hold the title of "baddest band on the Sacred Bones roster." The Arizonian weed punks have been growing under the radar with a handful of noise-addled EPs, singles and an endless touring life on the open road with like-minded boundary testers Merchandise, NĂ¼ Sensae and Psychic Blood, yet despite having amassed all of these over the span of years, they'll just be getting around to releasing their debut full-length on August 20th when Deep Trip arrives on the aforementioned NYC-based label. "The World on Drugs" is the first listen off the Ben Greenberg-helmed effort, and it's a five-minute-long reign of terror that uses slash and burn noise-punk to cover more ground than ever. No surprise, but Destruction Unit has announced a new round of U.S. and European tour dates that keeps them on foot between August and the balance of 2013.

Superchunk's "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo"

Merge Records flagship act and the pride of Chapel Hill’s DIY scene Superchunk return on August 20th with their 10th full-length effort, I Hate Music. Last month, the quartet previewed the LP with “FOH,” a boisterous first listen featuring Mac McCaughan and company's knack for peppy hooks played with hyper speed momentum (thus neutralizing all the negative connotations of the album’s title in the process,) and now we have another sugar fix with the get-in-the-van get-along, "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo." The track will see its own release as a 7" single (in alternate version form) alongside the B-side "Sunset Arcade" on July 23rd. Superchunk embarks on a North American tour in support of I Hate Music in late August.

Titus Andronicus' "I Don't Care (I Love It)" (Icona Pop Cover)

On the heels of yesterday's new music video for "Still Life With Hot Deuce and Silver Platter," Titus Andronicus have gone into super do-whatever-we-want mode with the unveiling a brand new website and DIY web store that features everything from signed copies of all their LPs, personalized drawings from frontman Patrick Stickles and even a singing telegram for anyone living in one of the five borough communities (Note: Additional fees apply to the Staten Island area.) Today, New Jersey's finest indie-punk gents took it up a notch by releasing their interpretation of last year's U.K. summer hit this year in the U.S., "I Don't Care (I Love It)" by Icona Pop, which is for the most part an 8-minute jam session where Stickles shouts the refrain over and over while changing up some the lyrics to talk about run-ins with the cops and other mumblings. Titus Andronicus has also announced a run of fall tour dates that will be taking their hi-jinx across all corners of the States.

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