Sounds Like: Deafheaven doing some moon-bathing.
For Fans of: Darkthrone, Slint, headbanging while shoegazing.
Why You Should Pay Attention: Despite rarely playing shows and even more rarely doing interviews, Bay Area, California's Bosse-De-Nage have managed to cultivate a healthy buzz around their mix of corpse-paint-peeling black metal and cardigan-unraveling Nineties indie rock, which vocalist Bryan Manning colorfully describes as sounding like "the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing machine and an umbrella." A 2012 split EP with friends and aesthetic kinsmen Deafheaven raised their profile, but Bosse-De-Nage's new full-length and finest hour yet, All Fours, released on tastemaking metal boutique label Profound Lore, should firmly establish them as one of heavy music's most intriguing voices.
They Say: "When we started this band, we agreed that we only wanted to play on special occasions with other like-minded bands. We've all previously played in bands who took any show that came along and that often meant playing a set in front of another group of bands waiting to play after us for their girlfriends," Manning says of Bosse-De-Nage's infrequent live performances. "The worst show we played was in the Netherlands on a very short European tour we did in 2013. The show took place on Queen's Day, which is a huge celebration across the Netherlands. Sort of like every American drinking holiday rolled into one. The town was swarming with parties and drunken teenagers. Hardly anyone was interested in going to a metal show, so we played to handful of people. It was basically the type of show I just mentioned."
Hear for Yourself: Buzzing-bee riffs dive through major-keyed smoke trails on "A Subtle Change," six minutes of Bosse-De-Nage at their most straightforward — which is to say, not straightforward at all. Brandon Geist