Baus, pronounced “Boss,” out of Oakland offers up their first LP. It’s really hard to conform Baus’s sound to any one genre; they are a unique hybrid of noise, no-wave, post-punk, and funk. It’s got a quirky funk groove that really gets the hips moving without being clichéd in the least. A foundation of bass bounces in and out of step with funk-influenced drums is layered atop of odd and anxious post-punk guitar. The melodies of bass and guitar wander different paths, cross, join, rip apart, and bounce along. Mike’s shrill and uneasy vocals add to their unconventional charm, punctuated by some pretty rad shrieks from Sierra. It’s not too often that you find a band that sounds this unique. They’re an oddity. Cool, limited edition screen printed jackets and grape swirl vinyl. Don’t hesitate to pick this up.
–Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, baus.bandcamp.com)