The House Flies – “She Hums Mozart”


A hypnotic rock engrossment shows on “She Hums Mozart,” a new single from The House Flies that excels in its fusing of grunge, alternative, and post-punk influences. The track precedes the band’s upcoming album, Mannequin Deposit, out on July 2nd. Vocalist/guitarist Alex Riggen, drummer Nick Pompou, and bassist Ozzie Woods comprise the promising act, which is based Moline, IL.

The initial guitar reverberations invoke a nostalgic warmth in their clanging tonal direction and pit-pattering percussive accompaniment — tonally weaving a grungy allure within a post-punk rhythmic familiarity. Textured guitar distortion lingers underneath prior to the lush vocals’ emergence, building with enjoyably sporadic momentum; the climactic drive into the more fervently involved finale is enthralling, reminding fondly of Hum’s classic album You’d Prefer an Astronaut. The gradual development of whirring guitar distortion and steady vocals makes for a gripping sound amidst the steady rhythmic pulsations. We’re excited to check out the forthcoming full-length next month.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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