"A remarkably brilliant album which may just enter itself as a late runner in the album of the year lists." --Echoes & Dust
"Jody Seabody & The Whirls mix and match musical genres with an eclectic elegance and seamless confidence." -- PopMatters
"Strikes a satisfying symmetry between pensive and punishing." -- Big Takeover
"A band whose sound is hard to pin down, yet that seems to be what makes them so appealing." -- Houston Press
Houston quartet Jody Seabody & The Whirls share the first track from their forthcoming third album Hawksamillion today via PopMatters. Hear and share "All Gone White" HERE. (Soundcloud and Bandcamp.)
Jody Seabody and The Whirls has long been as difficult to define as its mysterious moniker -- of which there is no Jody Seabody nor a group of Whirls among them. However, the Houston quartet's forthcoming third album Hawksamillion seems an effort, at least, for the band to define itself.
Whereas the band's 2015 sophomore album Holographic Slammer dabbled in psychedelia, garage-prog, proto-punk and neo-grunge with manic bouts of aggression, their new album is pure, refined bile and vitriol. The band had hinted at the sound to come on the last 3 tracks of their previous album, but even those hadn't hit the extent of urgent fury evidenced throughout the 8 incendiary songs of Hawksamillion. With cover art by legendary Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles collage artist Winston Smith, a sharp 180-degree turn from the work of Dutch '60s psychedelic artist Marijke (Cream, Apple Records, Procol Harum, The Hollies) even the album art is like a line drawn in the sand.
Just like the Bad Brains going from jazz-funk to inventing hardcore punk and onward, JS&TW have the musical chops to pull off any sound that takes their interest. Album opener "Ultra Defiant" starts off like a doom-inflected version of the aforementioned legends before jostling into a breakneck metalpunk storm with an ever-morphing riff and throat-searing vocals. "Malignant Terror" bursts out incisively decimating everyone in under 2 minutes, with the last 40 seconds dedicated to an instrumental jam. "Terror TV" shows the band's melodic and acrobatic skills with blistering guitar work and multiple vocalists overlapping one another. Elsewhere, "Grenade Green" is the album centerpiece at nearly 7 minutes long, flitting between old fashioned punk rock and Kill 'Em All-era thrash that may embody the fury of Hawksamillion best. Throughout, the level of intensity and anger is relentless, but not at the expense of the music.
Somewhere over the past two years, the people and society that the band members loved and trusted have betrayed them. This album is a response to that betrayal of the promise of a better life and the "good times" of rock and roll. These are ugly, bitter days, and these guys are watching, like a hawk.
Hawksamillion will be available on LP and download on August 24th, 2018 via Artificial Head Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.
JODY SEABODY & THE WHIRLS TOUR:
08/17 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/18 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
08/19 Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
08/20 Wichita, KS @ Kirby's
08/21 Topeka, KS @ Boobie Trap Bar
08/22 Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar
08/23 Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Gardens
08/24 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
08/25 Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s Live
08/27 Denton, TX @ Killer’s Tacos
08/29 San Marcos, TX @ Valentino’s
08/30 Austin, TX @ Dozen Street
08/31 San Antonio, TX @ Bexar Pub
09/01 Bryan, TX @ Revolution
Artist: Jody Seabody & The Whirls
Label: Artificial Head Records
Release date: August 24th, 2018
01) Ultra Defiant
02) Malignant Terror
03) Terror TV
04) All Gone White
05) Making Demons
06) Grenade Green
08) Violent Tantrums
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