Take the guitar-driven indie rock sound we all love, strip it naked and paint it with blood, then film it from an oblique, David Lynchian angle, and you might achieve the infectiously discomforting aesthetic Airstrip have perfected on Willing. Described as “Nightmare Pop” by frontman Matthew Park, Airstrip’s music is confrontational, hypnotic, and dark. Park formed Airstrip in the wake of his previous band Veelee’s demise, recruiting players from left-of-center NC heavy hitters Horseback, Caltrop, and Gross Ghost to bring an undeniable sonic weight to his gloomy, laconic melodies. After touring regionally in 2012, landing a spot at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Festival and opening for Godspeed You! Black Emperor , Airstrip entered Track and Field Studios in Carrboro to record their debut full-length, Willing.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Nick Petersen (Horseback, Bellafea, Des_Ark, Ben Davis)
“Devastated, potentially nihilistic pop songs. The live show transforms [Matthew Park's songs] into surprisingly psychedelic stoner-pop. Live, the driving riff to "Middle of Night" lumbers with precise, heavy menace. Drummer John Crouch and bassist Nick Petersen, who fill the same roles in the patient, hypnotic Horseback, rein in Park's natural upbeat tempos in favor of something hardened and mean. It's both the opposite of, and logical followup to, his last band: Veelee. Yet Park and guitarist Tre Acklen (also of Gross Ghost) bring more treble than sludge, resulting in a surprising combination of stoner and psych-rock tropes with an indie-rock tonal palette. And though Park didn't have his usual vocal effects processor, there was something about the embedded, heavily-delayed vocals (thanks to a new effects box he's using) that lent a Liars-in-lo-fi flavor to Airstrip's punchy, patient, and distinctively-textured live set.” - The Independent
“This group has been one of the most-mentioned local bands of the festival, and from their set, it became completely understandable why they’d be chosen as local support for an artist like Godspeed You! Black Emperor.” - The Phoenix
RIYL: Liars, Broadcast, Jesus and Mary Chain, Unwound, Archers of Loaf, The Pixies, Joy Division
TRY: #1, 2, 6, 7
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