Friday, May 19, 2023

Landowner - "Witch Museum"

Photo by Edwin Cubillos

Landowner are one of those bands I know by name, but I've never actually listened to them. The western Massachusetts band always seems to be playing with bands I like, and I mean to check them out, but I never quite get to it. If you're like me, their new single will have you wanting to dive straight into their back catalog. "Witch Museum" is this jerky and oddly intense indie rocker that is referred to as "abrasively clean minimalist punk" in their press release. It's a song that explores Massachusetts' dark history by mentioning multiple standard school field trip favorites. It is abrasive and aggressive, but there is an unexpected beauty to this song. My only regret with hearing a song like "Witch Museum" is realizing I could have been listening to Landowner for years before this.

You can listen to "Witch Museum" below. Escape the Compound is due out July 21 on Born Yesterday Records, and is available to pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Landowner, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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