Sounds Like: Psych-rock, noise and punk melting together like rainbow sno-cones in the hot sun
For Fans of: Parquet Courts, Fuzz, Savages
Why You Should Pay Attention: L.A. garage rock crew Feels create songs that force confrontation. Alternating between really fast and really slow, between full-throated harmonies and skull-pummeling guitar solos, these three carryovers from the psych-surf group Raw Geronimo (plus bassist Amy Allen) have a louder, more-frenzied agenda than before. "It was important to have a new name in the same way it's important for a caterpillar and a butterfly to be called different things," vocalist-guitarist Laena Geronimo says. "In Raw Geronimo there was a lot of experimenting and a lot of trial and error and figuring out what direction to go. [Feels] got heavier and a little more punk." Geronimo and crew have followed up last year's limited-edition live debut Live At Gaucho's Electronics with producer Ty Segall. Recorded live in one day with no overdubs at Segall's "shred shed," Feels makes a hazy racket so big that the amps hiss after each song ends.
They Say: "He has a really bright energy that we all got sucked into together," says Geronimo on recording with Segall. "We went in at about noon and by about 8 we were done tracking. He has a really cool backyard with a lot of plants. It doesn't really feel like you're at a recording studio. It just feels like you're hanging out with your friends. "
"There was no pressure," says Allen. "His style of recording his own albums is like, 'Hey, sometimes the fuckups are the coolest parts.' You just kinda wing it. We were like, 'Well, whatever, we'll keep that, that was interesting.'"
Hear for Yourself: The wall-shaking "Tell Me" is a sorta-love, sorta-frustration song that closes with a psychedelic shoegaze freakout. Reed Fischer