May McDonough & Company – “Plump Little Fleshies”

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California-based group May McDonough & Company label themselves as a “neo-psychedelic-sex-punk” band, with a sound that’s “kinda like Thee Oh Sees-meets-The Growlers-meets-Jefferson Airplane.” That was enough to get my attention, and digging into their new full-length – Bullyboywithaglasseye – offered several treats. “Wrap Around Porch” is a nice descriptor of the group’s sound — swanky guitars and suave vocals are the leading elements at play, emitting a swagger typical of blues-rock admirers. Here, there is more at play than blues revivalism; although the structure and repetition pays an homage to the genre, the track’s hypnotic elements – namely the subdued percussion and vocal-like guitar tones toward the conclusion – add an extra psych-addled punch.

Tune into the rest of bullyboywithaglasseye below. It’s a solid release that fans of blues/psych-rock hybrids will enjoy. Another highlight, “Plump Little Fleshies”, utilizes some exotic woodwind sounds over the rollicking guitar bits for a striking sound. It’s one of the most stylistically versatile efforts on the album, and for that reason my favorite of the bunch:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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