Subways is the jam of the summer, if not all of 2016. It’s one of those eternal grooves that will echo in your mind forever, whether you like it or not. It’s a key piece of The Avalanches‘ 15-years-in-the-making masterpiece Wildflower, and I’ve mentioned it before.
But this video is a whole new adventure. Holy shit, it sure is.
Here we go with another case of “heard it in aQuarius” and even better, the album comes from a San Francisco band. Moon Duo played in the store on a day I visted; unfortunately it was an hour after I left. Checking email at home, I realized that the band playing was one I’d heard on the PA already. I got Mazes and realized the band packs a ballsy psychedelic punch, towering over their peers.
Knocking me down with a slab of jangle drone (or is it caveman trance?) like nobody else today, Moon Duo are probably the first to truly nail this headspace since the bluesier end of Spacemen 3. If you’re into Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks or Black Angels you need to hear this immediately – it flies straight through the sweet spot these bands have been skirting around for years. Storming the White Light/White Heat monolith, the band pares this vibe into direct bursts of machine gun immediacy. There are almost no intros to speak of; they simply step right on the hypno-rocking point and ride hard for several minutes.
If you’re into the kind of motorik-infused scuzzy bangers The Velvet Underground hinted they were capable of before Doug Yule fell from the sky, just listen already. If you miss the days when psychedelia had a ragged edge and a pulse, you know what to do.
Come on, you know you liked it. If not, take a shot of whiskey and repeat.
[buy this bad boy direct from Sacred Bones Records or any fine shop in person or online]