Krill – “Never A Joke” (Stereogum Premiere)

Krill are a trio from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Over the past three years, they’ve brought their noisy psych-tinged rock to basement shows playing alongside the likes of Speedy Ortiz and Fat History Month. Last year’s excellent home-recorded debut Alam No Hris was painfully overlooked, marked by a knack for solid songwriting, deconstructed melodies, intricate guitar work, and the urgency of Jonah Furman’s vocals which sound simultaneously youthful and jaded. “Never A Joke” is the first single from their second LP, Lucky Leaves, recorded on February 1st of this year with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader (both of Ava Luna) at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn. It starts with a meandering guitar riff and steady drumming, the angular guitars matched by the way Furman’s vocals speed up and slow down, making unexpected turns between verses and choruses. In line with the more psychedelic elements of the band’s songcraft, Krill had this message to offer with the new single:

“Until we get or someone gives us the money to release this album on vinyl, it will be available on USB drive embedded in a ball of mozzarella cheese. We will personally embed the USB and overnight the cheese packed in ice, though we CANNOT say that the cheese will be edible upon receipt. Everybody has an opinion about the best format for music these days; this is ours.”

Below stream “Never A Joke”. Head to their Bandcamp to learn more about that wacky way to get their record (or to pre-order it for $6.66) as well as to hear their debut, Alam No Hris, which is well worth a listen.


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