LOST SOUNDS: Memphis Is Dead: LP

May 20, 2019

Another repress of this venerated band’s second album, originally released in 2001. Eighteen years hasn’t diminished its impact a whit—simple instrumentation pushed to its sonic limits in a heady mix of new wave, synth punk, lo-fi punk, ’60s psych pop, synthpunk, and death rock that roars, snarls, whispers, and rocks in wild abandon. The band is still spoken of in respectful tones and with good reason: they were one of those rare bands that was able to transcend punk’s increasingly polarizing pigeonholes, generate a strong buzz around them, and actually deliver the goods. Essential to any collection. –Jimmy Alvarado (Big Neck)