TAPEHEAD: “(My Life) Shot on Vid” b/w “Turn Green”: 7”

I cannot explain Tapehead.I am too dumb to understand them, and too smart to pretend I do. They are just excellent, and I need you to take my word for it. The band—comprised of members from a litany of noteworthy New York punk bands—are the musical equivalent of the popular kids’ table in the cafeteria. A lot of what they do makes no sense, but it’s all annoyingly perfect and thoroughly jealousy-inducing. They are eclectic, yet aggressive; fun, yet driving; messy, yet in total control of their craft. With a decidedly ‘70s aesthetic—both aurally and artistically—Tapehead hit all the walls of effortless cool. I hear they do commercials… in Japan.

 –Kelley O’Death (Cherish, cherishrecords.bigcartel.com)