If you’re a garage rock junkie, chances are you’ve heard Charles Moothart shred—hard. After being heavily involved in the garage rock scene around Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin, Moothart stepped into the spotlight with the solo alias CFM (short for Charles Francis Moothart). Following a breakup in 2016, he retreated to his home studio and wrote the album 'Still Life of Citrus & Slime'. A year later he returned with 'Dichotomy Desaturated', another heady collection of Nuggets-leaning songs. While both albums were solo efforts, Moothart assembled a touring band of outsiders including high school friend Michael Anderson, along with Tyler Frome and powerhouse drummer Thomas Alvarez (Audacity).
Founded by singer-composer Lee Swinnen, the Belgian threesome Double Veterans get inspired in equal measure by the great psychedelic bands of the '60s and '70s as they are by the contemporary scene. Their debut EP ‘The Brotherhood of Scary Hair and Homemade Religion’ and following singles introduced the world to their unrefined but catchy brand of garage rock, but the full debut album ‘Space Age Voyeurism’ (2016) showed a band quickly growing into a versatile and idiosyncratic sound. After a brief sabbath to explore other musical interests, the Veterans are now back with a whole number of nefarious plans up their sleeve!
An L.A. post-punk threesome with an enviable pedigree: Will Ivy (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Bridez), Justin Sullivan (Kevin Morby, The Babies) and Tim Hellman (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps) certainly got more than enough garage rock credentials under their belt to grab your attention. Nevertheless, Flat Worms is more than just a pet project, as a bunch of 7" records on Volar and an album on Castle Face should prove. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy — fans of classic SST / Homestead /Touch And Go Records will find much to love here.
Ty Segall Ex-Cult's Chris Shaw decided they were going to start a band together when their bands played together in 2013. The band had been in the planning stages for a long time but finally came together in 2015 when they convened in Ty's Los Angeles studio to record an album. Cory Hanson (Wand), Charles Moothart (Fuzz) and Mikal Cronin all got involved at some point. After the addition of Michael Anderson on bass, GØGGS returned in 2018 with 'Pre Strike Sweep', adding a new level of primordial anxiety to their already catastrophic symphony. Here's one West Coast garage supergroup you don't want to miss.
Khana Bierbood is a heady Thai brew of psychedelic pop and twangy garage! Five dudes from Bangsaen Beach started jamming together, creating a unique sound influenced by 60’s surf music, 70’s garage rock as well as Thai traditional music. Go Kurasawa (from Kikagaku Moyo and the Guru Guru Brain label) brought them to Tokyo's Tsubame Studios to record their debut album 'Strangers From The Far East'. Rough Trade promptly named it their 'Album of the Month', describing it as 'the dusty soundtrack to a long-forgotten film that has Francois Hardy backed by Davie Allan’s Arrows (...) heading off to the distant exotic world of the east.'
The gigantic tone of Kid Congo Powers' open-tuned guitar is one of the more readily identifiable sounds in the history of underground rock. Best known for his contribution to legendary bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in their prime, Kid has spent the last years as a sideman and, most recently, the leader of Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Kid's always had a knack for being with the right people at the right place at the right time, but over the years he has gradually emerged as a world-class songwriter and a distinctive vocalist in his own right.
This whiskey fueled two man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana will hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin’ good time. The raw blues power duo of Joe Evans (slide guitar and vocals) and Pete Dio (drums) have learned their craft by playing at house parties and corner streets, and rehearsing in a heatless garage. The result is a sound unlike any other, their personal take on the North Mississippi Hill Country sound. “Let your soul drive what you do” is the premise of their music, and the most recent album 'Claw Machine Wizard' may be the best testament of that motto yet.
San Francisco-based indie rock group Male Gaze look back to the darker side of new wave for inspiration, with liberal amounts of jangle pop, gnarly psychedelia, and post-punk angularity in the mix as well. Over three albums for Castle Face Records in three years, the band moved from a trio to a quartet, and then back again. What remains constant is the growling vocal of Matt Jones, backed by a pack of stripped-down, thick and nasty guitars and a rabid, sinister rhythm section. Subtle they may not be, but sometimes that direct approach is just what you need to have your lights punched out.
Chad Ubovich began ripping through the rock scene in 2011 as guitarist for Mikal Cronin and later playing bass in FUZZ with Ty Segall. In between tours, he spent his time recording and playing shows around Los Angeles under the name Chad and the Meatbodies. In 2012, Ty released a tape with Chad’s bedroom recordings on his GOD? Records imprint. The release was well received, and subsequently In The Red took notice of Chad’s crunching, grinding sound and added his band, now simply called Meatbodies to their roster. Over the course of 2 albums, he has emerged as not only a mean riff dealer, but also an accomplished songsmith.
It's hard to keep up with John Dwyer. The prolific Westcoast musician is known for dropping albums a mile a minute, occasionally changing the setup of his band to keep the spirit going. For their 19th full-length album, the band formerly known as Thee Oh Sees (and The Oh Sees and OCS and Orinoka Crash Suite and Orange County Sound) are now just the "Oh Sees". That being said, the twin drummer setup just keeps on doing what it does best: providing an explosive backdrop for whatever out-there sound Dwyer comes up with - be it garage, psychrock, manic folk or spaced-out drones. The result is one of the most exciting live bands you can witness nowadays.
A detuned, garage-stomp punk trio from Minneapolis, MN. The brothers Mike and Jim Blaha front the band and play baritone and regular guitar respectively (neither of them liked bass guitar much), while longtime chum Dave Roper plays drums.They've displayed a strong work ethic, playing Twin Cities clubs on a regular basis and touring as often as their life commitments would permit. In 2005, they debuted with 'Rizzograph', followed by several albums and a number of collaborations with Minneapolis garage/psych legend Michael Yonkers. Recently they played a live session at Jack White's Third Man Studios, and performed as a backing band for Rocket From The Crypt's John Reis, another serious fan.
After an insane roadtrip, The Glücks got together as a couple and as a band. Alek and Tina bonded over a love for all things dirty and fuzzy: The Cramps, Stooges, Pebbles/Nuggets garage and punk. Add to that an urge to get away from the “shithole” they grew up in, and you’ve got the recipe for some good infernal rock’n’roll. Even with the mother of all hangovers, the band nailed a full album of eight songs in 2 days. The second album topped that with 11 songs recorded in the same amount of time. 'Run Amok' from 2018 is their most accomplished outing to date, a vibrant heartfelt piece of work filled to the brim with songs for the underdogs, the generation denied... the generation undefined.