On Wednesday night at the Burlington, local blog/podcast/zine/record label Notes & Bolts
celebrated its one-year anniversary with a party that featured performances from Oscillator Bug, Architecture, and Chandeliers. The label has put out a remarkable amount of material over its brief year-long run, including records and tapes from Disappears, Verma, Bigcolour, and Plastic Crimewave. They're currently running a flexi-disc series, releasing singles from local acts on floppy, square, vinyl discs—a nearly-forgotten media that's recently been brought back by labels like Castle Face and Rotted Tooth. Notes & Bolts' newest addition to the series is by local garage favorites Radar Eyes, and will be available just in time for Saturday's Record Store Day
party at Saki, where the band is performing. The single, "Dreaming of Giants," is today's 12 O'Clock Track
, and sees the usually hooky band take an unexpectedly dark turn into moody postpunk.
Radar Eyes gained a lot of attention with their self-titled 2012 LP on HoZac Records. It was a dreamy, fuzzy pop record, full of sticky melodies and warm hooks. The last thing I expected to hear on the new Radar Eyes track was this icy, dark, almost gothy postpunk, but I'm totally welcoming it with open arms. It's still excellent and catchy, but this time it's eerie and bleak.
Radar Eyes take the stage at Saki at 2 PM on Saturday, and later on open up the show at the Empty Bottle with TV Ghost and Wax Idols (also a HoZac garage band that took a spooky turn). You can buy the flexi there or order it from the Notes & Bolts site.