Friday, March 28, 2014

North by North-Something Wicked

At 18 tracks, Something Wicked is nothing if not ambitious. The debut by Chicago's North by North stretches out over two vinyl LPs and streams on the trio's BandCamp page.

Side one/LP one intro "Run" is futuristic doo-wop that sets the tone for what is to come: a postmodern jumbo of blues, garage rock, rockabilly, hard rock and swamp boogie. 

Other side one/LP one highlights include the Jack White-worthy audio-noir "Her Name Was Vengeance" and "Blood & Glitter," which stands up nicely against Arctic Monkeys circa Favourite Worst Nightmare.

Side two/LP one kicks off with the catchy "Venomous Kid," but the standout cut for maximum impact is cock-rock stunner "Hex. X. O." 

LP two begins with another short intro, the baroque pop number "Is This a Dream?," which segues nicely into the carnivalesque "The Matisse Eye." (this album side is where NXN goes psychedelic, really; see also "Marshall Hawthorne" and "Soft Soul").

LP two/side two opens with the title track and also features the hard-charging "Parts and Labor," the stoner-metal anthem "Eye of the Storm" and epic closer "The Terror." 

Catch North by North live at Township tomorrow night!

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