Local act Kwazymoto is one of the most musically and conceptually ambitious bands in town, as proven by last year's Limerence Land, a five-song stunner that found the group pushing the boundaries of punk. Now, Kwazymoto is set to return with a follow-up, My American Family, which it plans to drop Sept. 28, with an album-release show to follow Oct. 6 at the Caledonia Lounge.
Today, we're happy to give you a first taste of the record by way of the cover art (above) and typically imaginative lead single, "Hipster Scum," a manic, bloodthirsty tune that finds frontman Ian Hemerlein casting out demons in real time. It's a real trip, as is its accompanying video, which you can stream below.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Zeke Sayer at Gypsy Farm Studio. We have also returned back to our original two-piece lineup for this album, which is Ian Hemerlein on guitar and vocals and Kody Blackmon on drums. My sister, Lauren Hemerlein, also performs harp on some of the tracks. I directed the video, which is our first to feature lyrics visually, so I would encourage reading them.
Check it out: