As the world continues to literally burn, The Paranoyds return with a much-needed dose of musical levity. It’s been nearly a year since the Los Angeles-based outfit released Carnage Bargain, their debut full-length, and this new release, a two-song seven-inch, is a total embodiment of their every influence.
Their identity — a band, fueled by campy horror movies and garage rock — is more evident than ever on this seven-inch, beginning with the organ-fueled opening of A-side “Pet Cemetery.” Featuring the sounds of off-kilter keys alongside a chugging guitar line, and expansive experiments, “Pet Cemetery” has become a staple of the band’s live performances, resulting in a sea of zombie-fied headbang every time it’s played.
Despite the obvious heaviness that surrounds a track entirely centered on undead lovers partaking in PDA, there’s an undeniable undercurrent of fun. Previously recorded during sessions for the band’s full length-debut, this unofficial anthem for underworld romance was being saved for a special moment.
On the record’s B-side is “Hotel Celebrity,” a single that’s darkness isn’t quite so overt. An examination of aging, and the fruitless celebrity pursuit of superficial perfection, The Paranoyds share in a not so sincere toast to Hollywood.
The single was among the last sessions at the famed Tiny Telephone, a San Francisco-based recording studio. The track is a sneak peek at the future, if there is a future beyond all this shit, of what musical direction The Paranoyds might be headed in next.
Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release the Pet Cemetery EP on a limited-edition, one-time pressing of 750 copies on coke bottle clear vinyl on November 27, 2020.
released November 27, 2020
"Pet Cemetery" recorded by the ever-elusive Mark Rains @ Station House Studio
"Hotel Celebrity" recorded by Spencer Hartling @ Tiny Telephone
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While remaining raw at heart, this record sports a rich, warm (oh, that sax!), psychy multilayered sound that - strange as it may seem - perfectly fits the girls' trademark punk-flavored, edgy heavy rock, striking a delicate and awesome sonic balance that adds a whole new depth to the songs. Hats off to these three adventurous valley girls who decided to leave their comfort zone; and in doing so, they have delivered a spectacular piece of work. muschiosauro
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After buying play with fire I had to check out L.A. Witch's back catalogue, this album is just as cool as their latest release a nice dose of surf, psych, punk or whatever genre this is. Just put it on and chill out. Charlie Hodgson