RIYL: Bully, Slothrust, Hop Along
Label: Anxiety Pop
Great band, great un-Googleable name, but Iâ€™m convinced Banana will get to Drake status with it eventually. TheÂ forthcoming release from the Boston-basedÂ project of Chelsea Ursin picks up where the first, self-releasedÂ Die Alone left off, withÂ someÂ brand new songsÂ and some reworked versions.Â One of my favorites, â€śDoomed,â€ťÂ grew from its charmingly spareÂ first iteration into aÂ fuzzy, buzzy, headbanger,Â gainingÂ some intricate layers without losing any of the charm. As a writer, Ursin has a knack for both metaphor and bluntness,Â blending and often contrasting the two without a hitch, like in the opener â€śAlphaâ€ť (â€śYou never looked me in the eye when you put me down / You alpha piece of shitâ€ť). Equally effortless are the dynamic musical shifts as Ursin, commandingÂ a 6-string electric bass, along with Ryan Higgins on guitar and Jeff Crenshaw on drums for this release,Â jumps betweenÂ bouncyÂ indie pop melodies and fuzzed out explosions. If youâ€™ve never thought grunge- and nĂĽ-metal-inspiredÂ heavy rock tunes could make for some serious earworms, you havenâ€™t heard Banana.
First pressing of 50 yellow cassettes
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive