Photo by Sophie Prettyman-Beauchamp
Los Angeles' Velvet Starlings sound like a throwback to the indie sleaze era of the early 00's. (In case you want to feel old...) The band's latest single, "Bullfight," is an amped up dirty blues stomp mixed with plenty of rockabilly. It also sounds like a sludgy version of punk, and at times is either bolting ahead at a reckless pace or weighted down by the sludge. Despite being at least partially a throwback style song, "Bullfight" still sounds modern. If there was a rock revival twenty years ago, Velvet Starlings are using that inspiration to try and get another much needed one going.
Christian Gisborne says of his band's new song:
“‘Bullfight’ is our off-kilter psychedelic punk epic about bloodsports set to a cacophony of noise by means of flute, theremin and a guitar running through a pedal collection to rival Kevin Shields’ board. The song explores the concept of adrenaline addiction, whether it’s caffeine, moshing, playing FPS video games, spectator sports, or going to a bullfight. The song is filled to the top with samples and I’m very excited to see how many of them are recognized.”
You can watch the video for "Bullfight" below. Pacific Standard Time is due out August 9. For more on Velvet Starlings, check out the band's website.