“Look into the crystal/ And see what you wanna see!” So goes the harshly howled refrain from “PPP,” our first preview of the next Big Ups album.
The Brooklyn post-hardcore scrappers will be back this May with Two Parts Together, the follow-up to 2016’s Before A Million Universes. Its lead single, not to be confused with the Beach House song of the same name (not that anyone would), finds Joe Galarraga railing against a fortune-teller while serrated guitar stabs and depth-charge power chords take turns attacking your eardrums. It would sound rad in a Y2K-era skate video, and maybe it goes without saying, but I mean that as a compliment.
At The Fader, Galarraga offers some background:
We wrote this song before we realized there was a Beach House song with the same name — whoops. “PPP” is about the power of mystery; it plays with the idea that psychics will see the future in a crystal ball. But what if the crystal breaks and refracts the vision, like a prism? Or magnifies it? A lot of the songs on Two Parts Together focus on unknowability, and this song flips the script on a psychic reading.
01 “Two Parts Together”
02 “In The Shade”
03 “Trying To Love”
07 “Tell Them”
08 “Imaginary Dog Walker”
Two Parts Together is out 5/18 on Exploding In Sound. Pre-order it here.