12 O'Clock Track: Blasted Canyons, "Holy Geometry" | Bleader

12 O'Clock Track: Blasted Canyons, "Holy Geometry"

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I first heard Blasted Canyons on last year's Castle Face Group Flex compilation, which was a pretty amazing find for a record nerd like me—five seven-inch flexi discs bound together in a book, along with original artwork for each record. Castle Face specializes in jumpy garage rock, and the bands on those discs include Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and the Fresh & Onlys. But Blasted Canyons' tracks stood out with a fuzzed-out, droney take on the scene's sound.

I was lucky enough to catch these guys a few times down at SXSW, and today's 12 O'Clock Track, "Holy Geometry," was always one of my favorite jams of their set. The trio (which includes Hether Fortune, who also records under the name Wax Idols, and Matt Jones, who helps run Castle Face with John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees) puts on a hell of a show, with all three members taking turns on guitar, drums, synth, and lead vocals—they switch up between every song they play, creating a wide range of dynamics, feels, and sounds. Not everything varies from one tune to the next, though—the tempos always make you want to bounce, the vocals make you want to yell along, and there's always a giant synth drone underneath it all. It's just a ton of fun.

"Holy Geometry" is off of Blasted Canyons' recent EP 2nd Place, available on Castle Face Records. That's the cover of the EP at the top left of this post.

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