After careful, weeklong consideration, Terry Malts (San Francisco, CA) have decided to go forth and record a debut LP as per the request of Slumberland Records. Displaying a slick, intelligent take on modern chainsaw pop, KILLING TIME certainly lives up to its name!
The wrong turns that led us here: a 6-song cassette (Log Lady; 2010, now in its second pressing), and two 7″ singles (both Slumberland; 2011).
Who is/are/was/will be Terry Malts? A yellow-pages private dick has gleaned the following: Corey Cunningham (guitar, backing vox), by way of Dickson, TN-cum-cardboard-box-in-Toronto, was asked to housesit in Fresno, CA. Duties fulfilled, he shot north on a graffiti trip to 924 Gilman St. and immediately bonded with fellow men’s room “artists” Phil Benson (bass guitar, lead vox) and the unfortunately-named Nathan Sweatt (drums, backing vox).
Hands shook, vibes exchanged; the trio felt compelled to distill their energy into a unified voice. Terry’s gospel is succinct, direct, sincere, and timed expertly with next year’s looming apocalypse: life is hopeless, enjoy!
With a live reputation that bleeds funky “Punk” attitude, I’ve been told this urgency has been crammed into the TM studio edition. Recorded by a machine, then expertly mixed by human being Monte Vallier (Weekend, Young Prisms), this music may compel you to type the following buzzwords into your blog (which, I LOVE, by the way!): catchy, husky, hunky, sharp, blue-collar, rocking, hockey-rock, working-class, perfect, near-perfect, not-half-bad, and/or not-bad.
It’s an album, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a 34-minute hour of pure, unadulterated Malts… alright?
– Matthew Kallman
03/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop ^
04/06 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/10 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/11 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
04/12 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (inside)
04/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
04/15 – Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
04/17 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe
04/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
04/20 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/26 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/27 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
^ = w/ Crocodiles and Bleeding Rainbow