The Electric Würms is a a collaboration between members of The Flaming Lips and Nashville trippy soundscapers Linear Downfall. The band (in some form) may date back to the '70s if you believe the press release, but the press release is on drugs. With Wayne Coyne on vocals, it sounds pretty much like The Flaming Lips. They've posted the first track on their forthcoming record (out August 18 on Bella Union), a cover of the 1971 Yes tune "Heart of the Sunrise." The record is called Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk, which Google tells me is German for Music, the hard to twerk. And yes, it would be hard to twerk to this slow psychedelic jam.
Armed with fuzz, percussion and literal-as-hell lyrics, Nashville duo JEFF The Brotherhood crank out high-octane garage rock with no filler. With their first major release We Are the Champions, they show a bigger audience what those in their scene already know. They've been at this for some ten years, and the all that time has certainly paid off. While maintaining a rough sound, the music found on this LP is remarkably dynamic and catchy. Maybe they benefit from some musically biological connection here, Jake Orall sings and plays guitar while his brother Jamin is behind the kit. Apparently Jake + Jamin = Jeff.
They pack the slightly-awkward gusto that made Weezer so great in the beginning, but things here are much more party-punked up. The redlining garage rock guitar tone is the critical element, where sometimes feedback is the only thing holding the groove together, like on the slow-jam "Endless Fire." The brothers may not be breaking any new ground sonically, but the brimming energy and unorthodox catchiness more than makes up for that. It's definitely the kind of music that would benefit from experiencing it live, and the fact that Warner Bros. picked these guys up gives me hope for major labels to finally move away from solely signing fiscally "safe" acts.