Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Nauseous” by Terry Malts from the 2012 album Killing Time on Slumberland Records.
Remember those days when “garage bands” were actually playing in garages? Terry Malts just might be the new school Bay Area re-incarnation of the genre. The San Francisco three-piece consisting of Corey Cunningham (guitar, backing vox), Phil Benson (bass guitar, lead vox), and Nathan Sweatt (drums, backing vox) play a fun and fuzzed out mix of old school pop-punk perfectly suited for their home on Slumberland. The group started in 2009 after three members of indie pop quintet Magic Bullets decided to start a “less sensitive” side project, one which would quickly become their full time focus. Self-classified as “chainsaw pop,” Terry Malts are known for their raucous live performances, and with show notes like “bring toilet paper and order beer in cans” we can see why. Tallboys and chicks are things you should be thinking about when you’re at a Terry Malts show.
“Nauseous” is our featured track and a single from the band’s debut LP, Killing Time. It’s a perfect example of the classic fuzzed out rock you can expect from the rest of the new album. The band’s only other recordings were from a six-song cassette on Loglady Records in 2010, followed by two 7″ singles on Slumberland in 2011. This is brand new stuff from an emerging band, and exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to discover at KEXP. If you’d like to help us discover more great new bands, please consider offering a gift of support during our Spring Membership Drive, going on right now!
As for Terry Malts, the band is currently doing limited tours on the West Coast and Bay Area. You can connect with the band on their Facebook page or you can read The Complete Guide to All The Taquerias of Redwood City, which they keep referring to as their band page. While you’re waiting for them to come to your neck of the woods, check out this video of Terry Malts performing live at the Knockout in San Francisco: