With the gradual return of vintage commodities (polaroids and vinyl to name the most popular) there has also been an undeniable surfacing of bands with sounds nostalgic of older times. Bottomfeeders exemplifies this through their music, particularly so in their self titled LP.
The New Orleans based band - comprised of Chris Lyons (Guitar, Vocals), Bradley Morris (Guitar), Lucas Bogner (Drums), and Alex Zilinski (Bass) - recently released Bottomfeeders through Good Land Records and will also be releasing it on tape through Dumpster Tapes. This LP is 10 tracks of pure high energy with an unmistakable retro feel that's somewhat hard to put a decade to (but if necessary, the most distinct likely being 70s).
If one were to take a listen to Bottomfeeder’s discography (as I did), you’d notice that with each release the band has increased its tempo, resulting in the latest LP reaching a speed that exudes a bouncing-off-the-walls kind of liveliness. A good listener would also note that the earlier mentioned old-school vibe has always been present in the band’s sound, from the steady yet dynamic drums to the vivacious guitar parts to Lyons’ howling vocals that still hold a charismatic feel.
This release, however, tinkers with meshing a mix of genres, an underlying one being surf rock. In some songs the guitar embodies garage/rock n roll as it teeters towards fast and fuzzy (like in “Crust Fund”) while in others it's has more of a classic rurf Rock kind of bounce (like in “Isolation”).
The only critique that could really be given to this LP is that some tracks do tend to meld into one another, as there isn't too much individuality or distinguishing factors among them.
Nonetheless, Bottomfeeders still does a great job of making songs that grab the listener by the ear and demand attention.
written by LYDIA VELAZQUEZ