It’s hard to strike gold when the mine’s overrun with prospectors. Post-punk revivalism has already been a go-to tactic in independent (and occasionally mainstream) music for long enough that expecting anything new from it feels quixotic, so when someone comes along and makes a genuinely exciting record in the idiom, it’s pretty damn satisfying. L.A.’s Egrets on Ergot have done exactly that: their debut album, Surfeit of Gemütlich, injects significant freshness into deathrock tropes you’d be justified in thinking had passed their sell-by date. There’s plenty of No-Wave sneer here, and EoE have clearly done their goth homework—that bass guitar tone is unmistakable and I’ll probably never get sick of it, and singer/saxophonist Adam Brooks capably channels Nik Fiend. But while all the sources for their homage are identifiable, it never quite feels derivative, and EoE brings an unrestrained and clamorous energy to much of their music that compares favorably to the likes of Savages and Pop. 1280.
Produced by Screamers/45 Grave’s Paul Roessler, Surfeit of Gemütlich was released to acclaim in October. The video for “Sister Please” came along in November (NSFW for a bit of nudity and sexual content), and it’s DM’s pleasure to premiere the new video for “Occult Matters” today. It’s an animated video by Eric Livingston, probably best known for his artwork for the debut album by Dead Cross, a hardcore supergroup that sports members of Faith No More, Retox, and Slayer.
Band photo by Jessica Moncrief
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘Tongues’: New music you need to hear from We Are Hex
Savages have arrived to awaken the beast in rock ‘n’ roll
New video from outstanding Mexicali goth post-punks Silent: A Dangerous Minds premiere