<< HAPPY 420 YALL LISTEN TO THE TRACK “GRAVITY BONG” HERE>>
Totally stealing Futo’s thunder for a moment, but we couldn’t ignore the thick 420 vibes of the latest release from Daniel Tanghal akaMETH WAX. We were gonna wait until tapes were done (workin on it), but in the interest of keeping things in order, “Full Frontal” is the killer lowkey followup to last year’s still poppin Horse Placenta full-length. At 10 songs, it’s about as much material as you could hope to cram onto a 20 minute cassette and still call it an EP.
It’s also fully in line with the vision of Horse Placenta sonically - if you enjoyed that release Full Frontal will feel familiar, but more refined. The airtight hook on opening scuzzpunk number “Invocation” would’ve fit wonderfully on an Epitaph Records release circa 1990, and the overall attitude is more confident and realized than ever. The jittering drum machines and pained acoustic numbers are still there too - the aforementioned “Gravity Bong” might be the most streamlined piece of songwriting Tanghal has committed to tape yet, followed immediately by “Eyes” which soon melts into a beautiful, warped multilayered guitar outro. It’s brash, fun, emotional, loud, soft(er), sweet, twisted and ultimately, honest music.
There’s a pretty wide variety of styles that fall under the Meth Wax canon, and seeing how Daniel effortlessly, unassumingly jumps between them is a big part of the joy of hearing new Meth Wax music. And considering he’s got maybe hundreds of songs online, and an official group together now in Ryan Taylor and Emmett Cappi, it’s also reassuring knowing there will always be more to dig through and more on the way.
Full Frontal is also one of the top rated posts on this wild European blog called Lo-Fi Porngaze which you can check out HERE. As far as I can immediately tell, the only bands with more likes are like Tame Impala and Teen Suicide. Word.
Catch Meth Wax at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA this Saturday, 4/25 with our good friends in Monsoon, Deep State and Shantih Shantih. 9 p.m.