Balaclavas

Balaclavas

I immediately love this band. They call it post-spaghetti western on Facebook, and they call it future cowboy punk on Bandcamp. Balaclavas have the best distorted bass tone I’ve heard in quite a while, and it mixes really well with the enthusiastic vocal technique they use. They put three songs on their Bandcamp page in October of 2011 on an album called “Snake People”, and you can buy it for five dollars or stream it for free.

“Down And Loose” is even more fun than “Legs Control”, the one I initially head. That bass tone is incredible. The drummer does a great job of not playing too much. The beat is great, and it’s also perfectly repetitive. The lead guitar sounds like it was recorded from really far away, adding a very Queens of the Stone Age style of presence. It works really well here, maybe even better than when Queens of the  Stone Age do it. This is definitely more future cowboy punk. That’s what you’d expect for a band from Houston instead of California.

“Hard Pose” is the best for turning on and zoning out. It goes solid for five and a half minutes, and the beat is very encouraging for sitting and nodding. I don’t know how you like to waste time, but that’s one of my favorite things to do. Find a new band, find their jammiest song, and just take it in.

Balaclavas are really solid. I’m sure they’re awesome live. Check them out if you get a chance.