New Hampshire's Rick Rude is readying their third album, and we can check out the first single from it. "Winded Whale" has this perfect mixture of being noisy and sort of aggressive indie rock while still being catchy and quirky. The song has a rambling quality that reminds me of Pavement with the edge and explosiveness of a band like Sunny Day Real Estate. The song is fun and has a sense of humor without being too jokey or cute. Rick Rude are one of those bands I've always known by name (having been a wrestling fan in the late 1980's helps) and always mean to check them out more, so this upcoming album might be the perfect opportunity for us all.
You can listen to "Winded Whale" below. Laverne is due out February 2 on Best Brother Records, and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Rick Rude, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram.