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Missing Monuments

“King” Louie Bankston is a living legend among the garage rock community: he and the late Jay Reatard were buds and bandmates, and he’s often namechecked as an influence by the Black Lips, but most notably he was a member of the Exploding Hearts, responsible for much of the songwriting on their cult classic Guitar Romantic album. Missing Monuments (out July 30 via Dirtnap Records) is his current band’s eponymous second LP, and – as the denim and leather overload depicted on the cover suggests – it’s an irreverent collection of ’70s-referencing power pop gems as effervescent as a shaken up six-pack, cribbing from new wave proto-punks like Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, with a pinch of heavy rock (note Bankston’s Rainbow t-shirt) and a whole heap of sugar thrown in for good measure. Imagine the kids from Dazed And Confused a year or two down the line, still drinking on car hoods, still scrapping and blazing doobies and pining after girls that don’t know they exist, only now they’ve discovered amphetamines and the Buzzcocks: these are the feelgood hits of their summer, and most likely yours too. Check out “Answer The Call” below, and stream the album in full over at Spin.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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