When a band leaves behind their name in favor for something new, what comes next can be daunting. When Houston’s Indian Jewelry changed direction and reformed under the name Studded Left, the world wasn’t sure what would follow. What we received was music that’s just as haunting, with much of the abrasive elements stripped back in favor for a more groove oriented sound. Now with their debut album Popular Intuition due in early May, the duo exercises plenty of free glam for late night vampires on their first single, “Lemon Lovers.”
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With a more detached touch, the reverb soaked guitars that meet with the upbeat drums create an element of dark disco. Erika Thrasher’s vocals come in hauntingly as if they’re a spirit channeling a left of field sentiment. The track holds more pot-punk touches than previous releases from the group. The song has plenty of elemental nuances that dance throughout, as if the overall affect is to soften the blow of Tex Kirschen’s playing attempting to offer souls to the deceased, or those who find late night more appealing than the light of day. It’s dark yet melodic, upbeat but without joy and feels like what you’d expect from these purveyors of enigmatic sound.
The song is available to stream above or on Bandcamp and while Popular Intuition is available to pre-order on limited release vinyl directly from Studded Left before its May 01 release. Studded Left will be performing in Seattle, WA on May 25 at Belltown Yacht Club and in Houston on May 31 at Notsuoh. A complete listing of their upcoming performances can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Bobby Martin.