Received a 7. 8 rating from Pitchfork. in less than a year, Amherst trio CALIFORNIA X have emerged from basements and punk practice spaces of Massachusetts as one of the tightest new garage punk bands in the Northeast, teetering between various pockets of the punk spectrumÃdrawing influence from the worlds of noisy Ã80s Western Mass rock, fuzzy Ã90s garage pop, and classic post-hardcore SST sounds. Fronted by main songwriter LEMMY GURTOWSKY, their debut LP for Don Giovanni follows one prior release, a double A-side single ÃSuckerÃ b/w ÃMummyÃ out via the UKÃs Sound of Sweet Nothing label. from start to finish, the recordÃs eight hook-heavy tracks of melodic guitar punk could all be singles: The noisy vox and huge grungy riffs on ÃCurse of the NightmareÃ; the slower-burning head-banging pulse of ÃPond RotÃ; the shoegaze-inflicted fleshed-out melodies of ÃLemmyÃs World. Ã Songs like ÃHot HedÃ feels so essential youÃll wonder how theyÃre not actually from some long-lost punk tapes of the 1980s Western Mass. Appropriately, the band recorded the album in MA with JUSTIN PIZZOFERRATO, previously a collaborator with Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. Ãand though California X sound like they could have been contemporaries with those bands, theyÃre also carving out their own space in a lineage of their hometownÃs punk history.
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