Friday, March 3, 2017

Big Walnuts Yonder - "Raise the Drawbridges?"

Lately there seems to be an abundance of supergroups, which I'm perfectly ok with. The latest is Big Walnuts Yonder (which may prove that all the good band names are taken) which features Mike Watt, Nels Cline (Wilco), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos). The band started way back in 2008 while Watt and Reinhart were touring together in Japan. They later added the other two members, but didn't record anything together for another six years, and then waited three more to release it.

Right now we can hear one of their songs, "Raise the Drawbridges?" It's just as noisy as you'd expect anything from Mike Watt to sound like. And, like anything Watt related, there's this odd pop sensibility even though it's almost 100% noise. It's not a comfortable listen, but it's totally worth struggling through. It's a great, aggressive, noisy little song with what sounds like hundreds of moving parts from some of the best in the experimental rock business.

Big Walnuts Yonder's self-titled debut album will be out on May 5 via Sargent House. You can listen to "Raise the Drawbridges?" below. The album is available for pre-order here. For more on Big Walnuts Yonder, check out their Facebook.

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