In 2011, Oneonta punks Cattle Drums put out a little release called Demo, for now. A couple of years have passed, putting a bit of pressure on the ‘for now’ part. A spark of light appeared when Exclaim premiered a video for their track ‘Skytop Path’, suggesting the wait was finally over. Well, here’s the twist: they’re already dead. #haleyjoelosment
Ok, not that kind of dead, more the #tomcruisenicolekidman dead.
Today, we are bringing you Cattle Drum’s ‘posthumous’ full length Sorta Is The Best We’re Doin’, ahead of its official release. You heard that right; their 15 track LP was recorded prior to the band’s breakup. It’s a delightfully impetuous punk-math crossover with vocals spitting out the zaniest of lyrics. Musically, there’s all the elements quintessential to bands like Blakfish, Postmadonna and vocalist Sam Judd’s previous band Monster Machismo: quickly shifting chord progressions, fast tempos, loud interludes and yelling. For this reason, there is never really a dull moment, never a space that needs to be filled. To quote their twelfth track ‘Hot Summer Shadow’: ‘if your hands are free and you’re looking for something to do, burn the devil‘. Yeah, Beezlebub gets well toasted.
‘Sorta Is The Best We’re Doin’ (aka ‘Sorta Was The Best We Were Doin’) is out next week, courtesy of Stack Your Roster. Spend.