Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 7 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2013, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 20 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Each weekday for 20 days we’ll post streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
Ain’t nobody like West Coast Bullies. ‘I Want Bacon’ is a crazy stew of live improvisation, wonky synths and looped/manipulated dialogue samples, the latter a naggingly catchy expanded loop of the titular demand. Straddling genres, the Wellington duo – the prolific Reece McNaughten (of Napier’s immortal Big Flip The Massive) on drums & Tim Dustow on keys – have just self-released their debut album, Sluhm-Guhl-yuhn. Covering a shitload of musical ground, at times it evokes a contemporary update of the mid-20thC musical anarchy of Looney Tunes-associated composers/performers like Carl Stalling & Raymond Scott, or Spike Jones’ canon-trolling; vibe-wise they marry hip-hop swagger/braggadocio to abject Butthole Surfers/Devo creepiness. They trade just as well in the menace of ‘When I Die’ and the jagged, panic-inducing ‘Dwell Like A Ghost’ as the groggy opulence of ‘Slumgullion’ and the hesitant post-rock/chiptunes hybrid of ‘Slimsey’. Musical magpies with a keen ear for anything of sonic interest, you can detect the inspiration of Californian drummer/artist Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella, and a million other projects); they’ve been getting into producers like Diplo & Hudson Mohawke as listening a lot to Shabazz Palaces and Chance The Rapper. As well as looking to release some more live videos and some “weird visual stuff” for the new album, West Coast Bullies are currently working on another batch of tunes for their second album – apparently “something quite different to what we have done so far”.
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