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Eureka California at Immersive Atlanta

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Recorded with MJ from Hookworms at Suburban Home Studios in the UK, Versus is fervent blast of crunchy pop and face-melting fuzz rock that’s made for pounding beers and staying out way past your curfew. Don’t sleep on this record.

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Immersive Atlanta

Let’s set aside the video for a moment because it really is ancillary to the discussion that needs to be had, which is, namely, if you’re any sort of fan of oddball garage pop, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not listening to Antlered Aunt Lord, aka Athens artist Jesse Stinnard (also of Tunabunny). His frazzled, fuzz-heavy anthems carry with them shades of Dinosaur Jr. and Guided By Voices, both masters of grainy fidelity rock with an air of quirky transcendence. I’m not quite prepared to place Stinnard in that rarefied company, but suffice it to say the two tracks presented here, taken from his latest LP, Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (and on fire), are both cut from that same gloriously off-kilter cloth.

As for the video, well, it kind of speaks for itself. Depending on your take, director Ted Kuhn’s work is either fabulously surreal or almost militantly weird. For three and a half minutes the viewer is presented with upside-down footage of a man (Stinnard?) dressed in a red Teletubbies suit (Po!), walking and emphatically waving across a verdant park. That pretty much all that happens until “Questions From Our Publicist” begins to fade out and the video cuts to a closing shot of the empty Teletubbies suit atop a garbage can. I suppose it’s possible to psychoanalyze the video as some sort of meditation on discarding your past and forgoing nostalgia, but whatever. For me, this one is all about the music, and it sounds damn fine.

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Eureka California at Immersive Atlanta

After reaching a certain degree of popularity, Athens’ rock bands have to grit their teeth in expectation for overblown comparisons to R.E.M. However, there is little precedent in Athens for the crunchy pop of Eureka California. In fact, the only real similarity between the two bands is the surprise factor that either of their sounds were honed in the South. Maybe it’s just the power of suggestion behind the band’s name, but the sweaty energy of Eureka California seems more suited for a joyride down the Pacific Coast Highway than cruising the Classic City.

The duo has undergone a few changes in lineup and sound since frontman Jake Ward hit the scene nearly a decade ago, but for the past few albums the band has focused their attack behind Ward’s machine gun vocals and the insistent clamor of Marie Uhler’s drumming.

“Eureka California’s Night In” is the second single from the band’s upcoming LP, Versus, and it’s safe to say this is for no low-key night in. The energy pours out of every chord in the form of controlled chaos. Like Japandroids with a dose of ’60s pop, this is sunshiney music that makes you feel warm inside while your eyeballs are melting. The in-your-face nature of the song isn’t surprising considering MJ from Hookworms recorded this single and the upcoming record at Suburban Home Studios in the UK (Eagulls, Hookworms, Joanna Gruesome). This is the first album that Eureka California have fully recorded in a studio, but the band retains the rough edge which makes them so engaging. Listen below.

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