With Fly’s upcoming change to focus on our dear Lancaster County, it felt only right to focus this week’s “It Came From Bandcamp…” on Lancaster as well. The three releases for this week have a wide variety, genre-wise, so let’s take a closer look, shall we?
It That Betrays-Annihilator
Travis Ament’s It That Betrays project is an exercise in nihilism. The songs on the EP are steeped in the most crusty of punk, creating a perfect marriage of black metal sounds with hardcore speeds. Both the band name and each song on the EP is named for something in the Magic the Gathering universe. According to the page, Ament is responsible for everything from recording and writing the music to playing every instrument, which is fairly impressive considering the immensity within the sound. These songs are apparently demos for a later EP release, so keep your eyes peeled for more crusty goodness.
Key track(s): “The Infinite Gye,” “Butcher of Truth”
It must be something in the Lancaster water that continually produces great bands with math-y influences and a wailing singer. Whatever it is, Spherehead is a great addition to the current local pantheon with their first EP “Ghoul,” which dropped last week. Each of the six songs has a distinct off-kilter feeling. Vocalist Colin Fry channels his inner-Thom Yorke on songs such as “Lay Down Low” and “Portrait,” seemingly singing up to the clouds and beyond. Come for the warped album cover, stay for the incredibly satisfying production work and songcraft.
Key track(s): “Lay Down Low,” “Sheepish Boogie”
Oftentimes when I’m compiling bands for this column, I entertain the notion that something I just came across is in fact a complete troll. Not necessarily a troll designed especially for me, but a troll nonetheless. That was the strongest feeling I could conjure for our friend Skinny Chili. This EP consists of four interlocking songs held together by a drum machine playing the exact same beat for all of its total seven-and half minute run time, even though the actual music changes feels and keys with each track. Confronted with a tactic I frankly had not faced before, I couldn’t help but crack a smile at Skinny Chili’s heavily-indebted-to-Mac Demarco smooth jams. Take a song like “Lil Man Lost His Blanky,” which on its face is inherently a goofy song title. But the soft-spoken lyrics hold lines like “I woke up this morning, you weren’t by my side/I didn’t know you were leaving, I guess I should’ve said goodbye.” Hopefully you can make something of it, because I’m at somewhat of a loss for both words and a blanky.
Key track(s): “Slow Man Boogie”