Night Runner is one of the strangest song I’ve ever encountered but it still remains many elements of a traditional pop song.The Tom Waits style vocals over instrumentation that is reminiscent of everything about Ariel Pink that an extension of the work of R. Stevie Moore makes for a chilling ambiance. The guitar feels like it’s out of an early 90’s infomercial and the synth-bass line that’s introduced with the first chorus is cinematic at the least. The song feels short, but appropriately so.
We’re very excited to let you all know that on December 7th, Stuck On An Island is putting on a benefit for Hurricane Sandy. Moses Campbell, Wide Streets, Dream Boys, and Steppe People will be playing. Kyle Mabson will be DJing. It’ll be at pehrspace (325 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90026), starting at 9:00 pm. It will be a lot of fun. See you all there!
On first listening, “Don’t Touch Me” is fundamentally reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney. From its snaking yet rhythmic guitars, to the vocals that are somehow both tribal and vulnerable without seeming insincere, it feels like something off of Dig Me Out. But DQU, short for Dairy Queen Empire, predate Sleater-Kinney by eight years and this song predates them by a few months. The song’s intro is surprisingly reminiscent, in a backwards way, of bands like Beach Fossils and Real Estate, but as the song builds and subsequently gets more aggressive, it develops a sort of unrestrained quality that doesn’t feel at all short of being meticulously planned out.