Parakeet – “Sugar Rush” (Stereogum Premiere)
Fuzzed-out '90s alt-pop duo Parakeet are the side project of the Yuck bassist Mariko Doi with her partner in punishment Joya's James Thomas. After releasing a slew of wonderfully raucous singles in 2012 shortly after the forming the previous year, the duo's promise hasn't waned. They've picked up buzz overseas with the stellar Shonen Hearts EP, and the Japan-only release of a compilation that comprised the debut single "Tomorrow," the aformentioned "Shonen Hearts," and a few covers. They've been quiet stateside though — that is, until today. Parakeet are back with a new single off their official debut LP, KASA, and it's more of the same shoegazing controlled chaos that put them on the map four years ago. "Sugar Rush" is a dense, thrashing piece of energy which only scales back for Doi's delicate vocals to find their way to the forefront. Layers of heavily distorted guitars and bashing drums crash into each other at rapid speed, resulting in four and half minutes of unrelenting energy.