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VIDEO PREMIERES/REVIEWS for Flat Worms (Thee Oh Sees/Ty Segall/Kevin Morby/the Babies) & Oh Boland, Matt Lamkin of the Soft Pack

We'll try and keep this one short and sweet. LA Record was kind enough to premiere the video for "Petulance" by Flat Worms from their "Red Hot Sand" debut 7". The band and I and some friends were out in Borrego Springs/Anza Borrego shooting a video for RHS when they popped into that liquor store after dinner to grab some stuff and started dancing. Somebody filmed it, I joked about it being a second video, for "Petulance," so we raced back and begged the owner to open the store and let us shoot for real. So here you. We still have both limited red and gray vinyl available for $5.

The band is playing a record release show at Permanent Records in Highland Park tomorrow. The band stars in the video below along with Rachel Peschman and Abigail Barnett, and the liquor store owner's son, Chad Barnes Jr. (I was hiding.)

Also, the great Yellow Green Red recently reviewed the 7":


Flat Worms Red Hot Sand 7″ (Volar)
Not quite a super-group so much as a band formed from guys in other bands (Thee Oh Sees, The Babies and Sic Alps, to name but a few), Flat Worms are a new fast-and-jagged punk group out of Los Angeles. They’ve got a pretty good debut EP here, opening with “Petulance”, which speeds along like Sauna Youth, complete with a chorus that recalls an ambulance siren’s rhythm. This is followed by “Sovereignty”, a brief jolt of upscale jumpy punk not unlike The Intelligence. The title track takes hold of the b-side, ready for the overnight drive with a motorik drum-beat and lots of open air for the guitar to play along, beside and against the beat, the vocalist given plenty of time to finish his beer before stepping up to sing the title of the song as though he were a Kraftwerk robot. Good stuff all around, and a nice example of modern-day underground punk in the way that Flat Worms are clearly informed by all cool forms of rock music from the past four decades but borrow sparingly from anything besides Wire’s Pink Flag. We could all do much worse!





We also just posted the first video from Irish punk-slop-power-pop trio Oh Boland's debut LP Spilt Milk, "Take Me Back to Mutton Island," directed and edited by friend of the band Stephen Connelly.
Limited clear vinyl available now for only $12.

A few small but nice reviews have popped up so far, follow the links below:

“This is obstreperous, this is brash, this is loud, and this is one of the best debuts you’ll hear all year.” -- An Ait Eile

“The band have succeeded in putting together a bag of catchy riffs and hooks that are perfectly suited to the fun-loving pub atmopshere where their rough and ready sound will thrive” 



And a reminder about the debut solo LP by Matt Lamkin, frontman for the Soft Pack, Where I'm Matt, out now digitally and on vinyl this winter. The Choir Croaks reviewed and said "And this might be one of the best songs to come out this year" about opener "Here I Am." 

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