RIYL: Bully, Slothrust, Hop Along
Label: Anxiety Pop
Great band, great un-Googleable name, but I‚Äôm convinced Banana will get to Drake status with it eventually. The¬†forthcoming release from the Boston-based¬†project of Chelsea Ursin picks up where the first, self-released¬†Die Alone left off, with¬†some¬†brand new songs¬†and some reworked versions.¬†One of my favorites, ‚ÄúDoomed,‚ÄĚ¬†grew from its charmingly spare¬†first iteration into a¬†fuzzy, buzzy, headbanger,¬†gaining¬†some intricate layers without losing any of the charm. As a writer, Ursin has a knack for both metaphor and bluntness,¬†blending and often contrasting the two without a hitch, like in the opener ‚ÄúAlpha‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúYou never looked me in the eye when you put me down / You alpha piece of shit‚ÄĚ). Equally effortless are the dynamic musical shifts as Ursin, commanding¬†a 6-string electric bass, along with Ryan Higgins on guitar and Jeff Crenshaw on drums for this release,¬†jumps between¬†bouncy¬†indie pop melodies and fuzzed out explosions. If you‚Äôve never thought grunge- and n√ľ-metal-inspired¬†heavy rock tunes could make for some serious earworms, you haven‚Äôt heard Banana.
First pressing of 50 yellow cassettes
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive