Friday, September 20, 2013

SWL #38: Lindseys, "I Decay (IDK)"

In the About section of their FB page the Lindseys describe themselves as a “group of desperately deprived individuals motherfucker [sic].” I think that about says it all. If you wanted your problems tied up with platitudes to impart meaning to your poverty, or job, or sexless life, then there’s the door…after all, this is punk. However, for the benefit of everyone else I’ll let you in on a secret: Lindseys are far more than just a stereotypical punk band. Their 2011 debut, Trauma Quean, was a bouncy, but dirty garage punk affair filled with killer melodic blindsides. However, that was 2011 and this is 2013, and despite having released a couple of demo EPs and a split with Seattle’s Shakes in the interim, it wasn’t until the release of “Daryl Hannah” back in July that I got an idea of what to expect from their new LP, Religious Sext. The melody and attitude still abound, but songs like “I Decay (IDK)”, find the band also stepping out on a limb with mind-melting transitions and odd-ball time signatures that showcase their growing acumen. Ultimately, their work here makes it clear that Lindseys are more than just a reason to stay at the show, they are also a reason to go. Physical copy out soon on Off the Books Records. There are still a few copies of Trauma Quean at Sonic Boom in Ballard and Everyday Music in Capitol Hill.

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