Friday, December 8, 2023

Canyons and Locusts - "To Art Bell"

Remember when conspiracy theories were fun? Canyons and Locusts remember, and they've released a new single called "To Art Bell" about the late Coast to Coast AM radio host whose nationally broadcast radio show was dedicated to subjects like aliens and bigfoot. The song is a fuzzed out indie rock song that sounds like a sludgier Guided By Voices. It's a fun and upbeat rocker that's a fitting tribute to the radio host. It's the kind of song that's loud and thunderous, but surprisingly catchy. There seems to be a lot of Art Bell nostalgia at the moment (at least in my weirdo circles) as we remember the glory days of conspiracies.

Justin Keane (vocals and guitar) says of the new song:

“Somewhere in the late ‘90s when we were all scared of Y2K and the end of the world and there was just that energy – especially in NYC where Amy and I both lived at the time – I discovered Art Bell's show and would usually listen to that late at night and on into the early AM. It was this glorious mishmash of chupacabra and Bigfoot and reverse speech and exorcism and not anything like what we think of as 'conspiracy theory' today. And his voice was just perfect for the middle of the night.”

You can listen to "To Art Bell" below. The song will be included on The Red Angel, Canyons and Locusts' upcoming EP dedicated to the late Justine Covault. For more on the band, check them out on Instagram and Facebook.

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