August 2, 2013

Sound Bites: Desaparecidos, Lightning Bolt and Native

Desaparecidos' "Te Amo Camila Vallejo" / "The Underground Man"

Conor Oberst's early millennial post-hardcore group Desaparecidos has sporadically been enjoying their second run since reuniting last summer by touring across the States alongside up-and-comers Joyce Manor and the So So Glos, as well as releasing two singles in "MariKKKopa" b / w "Backsell" and "Anonymous" b / w "The Left Is Right." The Nebraskan sextet is showing no signs of bringing their truth-seeking political punk shouts to a halt any time soon, as they've just released another coupling of tracks with the new single "Te Amo Camila Vallejo" b / w "The Underground Man." Both feast on the the band's penchant for crunchy riffs and static synths while Oberst doesn't sound a day past 20, proving that he and his crew have more than enough fire left in their tank. You can download or purchased them as a 7" now on Deseparecidos' web store.



Lightning Bolt's "Barbarian Boy"

Lightning Bolt tend to go through long stretches of silence, having not put out new album since 2009's Earthly Delights (unless you count last year's odds-and-ends EP Oblivion Hunter,) but the noise-rock staples are joining the ranks of METZ and Mac DeMarco in contributing new material to this year's Adult Swim Singles series. "Barbarian Boy" premiered today via Stereogum, and maybe its because the track is a stand-alone offering, the innovative Providence duo has tightened the vice around their spastic style of whacked-out punk and drumming beast Brian Chippendale's primal rhythm pace that packs itself in tightly within the three-and-a-half minute listen. No word on if and when we can expect Lightning Bolt to destroy our ears again, but the 2013 Adult SwimSingles series carries on in the coming weeks with appearances from Marnie Stern and Pig Destroyer.



Native's "Coin Toss"

In response to other tastemaker sites' late-to-the-party seachange of returning to the pit, AwkwardSound recently named Illinois-based quartet Native as one of five post-hardcore bands to watch in the near future. The most immediate reason in Native's particular case is the impending arrival of their sophomore effort Orthodox due out on August 20th via Sargent House. A few weeks back, they debuted its first listen "Kissing Bridge" (which you can hear in AS' feature) and now they're giving listeners another one in "Coin Toss." Both tracks seem to indicate that Native are slinging out sludgier material with heavier builds abound, although the exacting math-rock riffs that entangled their 2009 debut Wrestling Moves still hold a headlock beneath the surface. Native will be supporting Orthodox on the road in August and September alongside O, Brother and Daylight.

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