Two Inch Astronaut – “Blood From A Loyal Hound” (Stereogum Premiere)

Two Inch Astronaut share with their former labelmate Speedy Ortiz a knack for chewing up some of the best bands of the ’90s and producing something original and very, very catchy. Their new album, Bad Brother (that’s the insane album cover above), certainly does bring to mind a band like the Dismemberment Plan, but only as a reference point to a sound that is really all their own. Bad Brother sounds like a jigsaw puzzle pounded together with a hammer, because who cares if the pieces don’t fit when the finished product looks so cool? In less than 30 minutes the trio take angular post-punk, gorgeous melodies, and yearning, emotional vocals, and mash them together into a record that takes delight in its special chaos. Nearly everything great about the band gets summed up in three minutes on “Blood From A Loyal Hound,” one of the major highlights of the record. Listen below, and check out some tour dates the band has lined up.

Two Inch Astronaut Tour Dates:

5/11 Velvet Lounge (DC) w/ Other Factors
6/11 The Khyber (Philadelphia) w/ Ugh God, Ted Nguygent*
6/12 O’brien’s (Boston, MA) w/ Grass is Green, Crinkle Face*
6/13 Fort Flesh (New Haven, CT)*
6/15 Big Snow (Brooklyn, NY) w/ entire Exploding in Sound Records roster*
* w/ Hivebent

Bad Brother is out 6/18 on Exploding In Sound Records