Soda – “Blonde On Blonde”

Gainesville punks Soda will release their debut 12″ Without A Head next week on Dull Tools, the label run by Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage. It’s preceded by “Blonde On Blonde,” a song that pleasingly converges several disparate strands of ’80s rock, among them K Records indie pop, Sonic Youth’s noise-poppy no wave, and the Southern college rock of R.E.M. As Soda founder Lara Lookabaugh explained to Impose, she recruited co-frontperson Arlington Garrett because “I was really set on having some weird, tall freaky dude who could be like Calvin Johnson.” Dude strikes me as more of a Craig Finn/Fred Schneider type, but his nasal abrasion is the ideal contrast to the eerie glow of Lookabaugh’s traditionally pretty vocals. Listen below.

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Without A Head is out 1/15 on Dull Tools.

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