New Quail Lungs – “Dumb Dadadum”

Quail Lungs, aka Portland Oregonian Travis Bonilla, howls into his 4-track in a way that reminds me of a 20-something Daniel Higgs raised on a later (and more British) generation of punk, but the same deep countrified Americana. He has a two-song 7″ coming out via Dean Spunt’s PPM label. Spunt and Bonilla grew up together — elementary and high school, etc. — and played together in punk rock bands together when they were 14, 15, 16. Even if you didn’t know that, it’s clear he’s discovered his home-recorded Americana via DIY culture, etc. Or, in the press release, these questions get asked: “Do Quail Lungs like Syd Barret and large amounts of coffee? Do they like The Kinks enough to try them with Morphine?” Yes. Yes. Both tracks are great, but get started with A Side, “Dum Dadadum,” which manages a lonesome raucousness that’s as addictive as it is uproarious. (Later, let side B, “You Can’t Believe in Anything, You Can’t Believe in Nothing,” break your heart with its dusky keyboard tones and sunsetting harmonies.)

Quail Lungs – “Dumb Dadadum” (MP3)

“Dum Dadadum” b/w “You Can’t Believe in Anything, You Can’t Believe in Nothing” is out 1/26 via PPM. It’s limited to 500 copies. Hear more at MySpace.

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