Off Rational Expectations, out February 3 on Community Records.
It's not out until November 11, but the new record from New Orleans noise-pop duo Caddywhompus is streaming now in its entirety. It's their first full-length since 2010's Remainder, and their slightly mathy, reverb & fuzz sound has only gotten better. They sound huge, Chris Rehm's guitar crashing into Sean Hart's precise but furious drumming. The first half of the record features new versions of their tracks "Feathering a Nest" (now renamed "For a Little Bluebird"), "Stuck" and "Company", which were released in the free Maze Demos download in 2012.
But it's album-closer "Layers" that steals the show, clocking in at nearly 10 minutes as it eventually morphs into a wall of white noise.
Part of what's drawn me to Caddywhompus over the last few years is how they manage to pack a huge range of feelings and dynamics into one action (and reverb)-packed pop song. That fact might nowhere be clearer than on their new track "Entitled". Like the other songs posted from their forthcoming LP Feathering a Nest (listen to "Stuck" here), the New Orleans duo is pushing their (already formidable) chops to the limit with frenetic time changes and little synchronized, syncopated fills, but this is the first one to truly catch me off guard in its hugeness. It starts off as an almost-ballad, before exploding, and eventually finding its way into something of a breakdown before fading away.
By the time its five minutes are through, they've covered as much ground as many bands do in a whole album. It's yet another reason to be excited for Feathering a Nest, their first record since 2011's The Weight EP.
Feathering a Nest comes out November 11 on Community Records. Pre-order it on coloured vinyl here.
New Orleans noisey pop duo Caddywhompus are putting out their new record Feathering a Nest November 11 on Community Records. It's been a long time coming, their last LP Remainder coming out in 2010. Here's the LP version of "Stuck", a demo of the song was earlier released on 2012's Maze Demos along with "Feathering a Nest", "Company" and the ambient closing track "It's a Self Portrait (of You)". So it's a pretty good bet at least two of those songs will be on this record.
Singer Chris Rehm's voice is getting less buried in effects (but maybe dial the reverb back a bit too), and his guitar sounding bigger than ever when things get loud. This being a Caddywhompus tune, it goes from ultra-soft to all distortion (and back) in less than four minutes. It's not much different structure-wize to its Maze Demos counterpart, but you can hear the time that went into this recording.
If you want to get acquainted with the band, you can download most of their discography for free at Caddywhompusband.com. Here's "This Is Where We Blaze The Nuggz", one of their old songs off an EP from 2009.
It's not unusual for a music fan to have a special place in their heart for New Orleans. Its rich history is second-to-none when it comes to arts and culture on this continent. It's the birthplace of jazz, but there's more than nostalgia fuelling that love for NoLa. Caddywhompus is one of many bands that prove the city has plenty of new sounds to share.
The band is prepping for the release of its sophomore LP Feathering a Nest, though the release date is still unknown. New Orleans-based Community Records posted a photo of a white vinyl test pressing to Facebook on August 25, noting in the caption that on September 16 a new single will be posted and pre-orders will start. The band later posted a photo of a test pressing in its red sleeve. Singer / guitarist Chris Rehm and drummer Sean Hart have been playing together since high school, and it shows — in how both complex and catchy their songs are.
And the songs are just getting bigger. I managed to hear some of the new stuff when they opened up for Mac DeMarco in April, and it bodes well for the new record. Their last LP, the pop-noise beaut Remainder, came out in 2010 but I'm willing to bet Feathering a Nest will be worth the wait.
Here's a demo version from 2012 of the title track, from the one-off cassette run of Maze Demos. You can download every Caddywhompus release for free from their website.
Caddywhompus - Feathering a Nest [from Maze Demos, 2012]