BILLIE IDLES, THE: Everything Was Cliche’, and Nothing Was Original: CS

According to the note on the cassette, this is sort of a side project of Tom Grrrl that people may or may not actually refer to as Tom Grrrl. I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, but that’s what’s going on. I’m not super familiar with the Tom Grrrl catalogue, but it seems like this stuff is pretty much on the same page as that, or at least an adjacent one. The songs are split between lo-fi pop and melodic, blown-out garage punk, with plenty of exploration of the territory between. The songs are buzzing with this neurotic energy that makes it feel like the whole thing is just barely staying afloat, like it might collapse into its own heavily referential anxiety at any moment. I don’t mean that as a slight to the songwriting or performance, which are both on point. The way Daniel incorporates and builds off of samples (including contributions from The Misfits, The Cure, and Buddy Holly) is actually pretty ingenious. I may have to revisit my almost absolute, anti-sample stance because of this thing.

 –Indiana Laub (Self-released,