Extra Life – “Head Shrinker” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Charlie Looker busily collaborates to myriad projects that flirt with abrasive, experimental, and/or extreme sounds around the city, but it’s BTW Extra Life that allows him space to fully express his singular blend of dexterous, classically inclined modal melodies, dense and winding composition, and a dark hued, metallic heaviness that hammers hard despite the band’s tendency to steer clear of guitar distortion. And the shit jams live, where Charlie coaxes a sort of controlled violence from his precise guitar playing and adenoidal vocals. In the waaaaay creepy Peaking Team-directed video for “Head Shrinker” he plays the title role, but instead of controlled violence from a guitar he’s coaxing from his psychotherapy patient discharge that’s both emotional and surreal. (Surreal = pulling gold coins from a gash in his belly.) I guess the video’s shifting between stark black & white and a fantasy masked sax player, or depiction of Charlie as a fastidious doctor with a quiet menace, sort of touches on that control/violence dichotomy in Extra Life’s music. But mostly it’s just super unsettling and probably the perfect look for Extra Life. Watch it:

Made Flesh is out 3/30 via Loaf. The “Head Shrinker” single will be out via Socket Records, with a remix by Tyondai Braxton. A few MP3s, including the previously posted “The Ladder”…

Extra Life – “The Ladder” (MP3)

…and the ode to my favorite article of clothing:

Extra Life – “Black Hoodie (Pre-Album Version)” (MP3)

They’re great live:
02/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
02/22 – Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
02/23 – Kittery, ME @ Buoy
02/24 – Montreal, Quebec @ Green Room
02/25 – Toronto, Ontario @ Terange
02/26 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Arbor Vitae
02/27 – Detroit, MI @ Division Gallery
02/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ DAAC
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (free show)
03/02 – Minneapolis, MI @ 7th St. Entry
03/04 – Vancouver, BC @ Honey Lounge
03/05 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
03/06 – Seattle, WA @ Josephine
03/07 – Portland, OR @ Ground Kontrol
03/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/Ora Cogan)
03/10 – Sacramento, CA @ The Hub (w/ Appetite, Afternoon Brother)
03/11 – Oakland, CA @ 21 Grand (w/ Religious Girls)
03/12 – Irvine, CA @ UC Irvine
03/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Curio
03/14 – San Diego, CA @ Radio Room (w/ Vaginals, Witt)
03/16 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Xiu Xiu)
03/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space (w/ Past Lives)
03/18 – El Paso, TX @ Dominic’s Piano Bar (w/ Past Lives)
03/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts
03/21 – Cincinnati, OH @ CS13
03/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
03/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
03/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
03/27 – Queens, NY @ Silent Barn (w/ Skeletons, Nine Eleven, Thesaurus, Zs)

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