Unlike the whispers you might imagine when hearing the phrase “pillow talk,” cheeky, angular Baltimore trio Double Dagger’s foot-sucking “Pillow Talk” is a sex-positive shout-out that should be listened to loudly while you’re surrounded by your sweaty friends. The first song I heard by them was Ragged Rubble’s “Luxury Condos For The Poor,” which according to a 2007 review I wrote for Paper Thin Walls (RIP), reminded me of a certain band: “Self-proclaimed ‘designcore’ trio Double Dagger work as graphic designers, play post-hardcore, should remind folks of Unwound, the olden Olympia trio who also knew their way around a punk collage.” My blurb also referenced Brian Chippendale’s Black Pus, Drive Like Jehu, and Unwound again via Fake Train. DD’s current press release includes 74 bands they’ve been compared to — Unwound’s on there, and Lightning Bolt, but not Drive Like Jehu or Black Pus, so make it 76, guys. (Oh, Pissed Jeans … 77.) You’ll find a really different angle on this one, but there’s still that sort of energy I was trying to get at previously. The song’s from their excellently cathartic five-song Masks EP, which follows last year’s More.
The Masks EP is out (as of yesterday) via Thrill Jockey. It comes with three different limited-edition covers, one by each band member.