RIYL: Bully, Slothrust, Hop Along

Label: Anxiety Pop

Great band, great un-Googleable name, but I’m 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, “Doomed,” 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 “Alpha” (“You never looked me in the eye when you put me down / You alpha piece of shit”). 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’ve never thought grunge- and nü-metal-inspired heavy rock tunes could make for some serious earworms, you haven’t heard Banana.

Die Alone Pt. 2 is out on October 6 via young but already stellar Boston label, Anxiety Pop. Catch the release show in Boston that night with (labelmates) Horse Girl, Kiss Concert, and Nice Guys.

The Details

First pressing of 50 yellow cassettes

Price $5

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