Not all of Stereogum’s favorite sounds conform to what folks expect us to cover. In this space, resident Bananafish fetishist Brandon Stosuy focuses on bands, albums, singles, and villages in Sweden that may otherwise pass by unnoticed. This installment’s virtual milk crate contains Ganglians.
If you ask them, Sacramento’s Ganglians consist of “the whole of the Ganglian race” as well as “the squirrels in the walls that bounce acorns across the ceiling in the dead of night.” So far, I’ve resisted the urge to look too hard to find out more. What I do know is that the group, who creates all-over-the-map damaged-and-psychedelic noise-pop, is about to release an EP and LP on Woodsist. The label’s already had a banner year and change via Crystal Stilts, Wavves, Blank Dogs, Vivian Girls, etc. Add this to the trophy case. Really, Ganglians’ sound isn’t as easy to peg as some of their cohorts — listen to three songs and you’ll hear three different approaches with some similar threads running through. See, for instance, “Hair”‘s rollicking dark surf and the more pastoral (and considerably epic) “Valiant Brave.” After that, there are links for more.
“Hair”‘s from the band’s forthcoming self-titled 8-song 12″ Woodsist EP. The lengthier “Valiant Brave” comes from the 50-minute Monster Head Room, which will be out via Weird Forest as a 12″ + 7″ and as a CD via Woods?ist.? You can also hear “Candy Girl” over at Woodsist’s MySpace. And you can track down their split 7″ with Eat Skull out via Dulc-i-Tone/Yakamashi. The band says they should have the CD version of the full-length for sale and perhaps a tour edition of the EP when they hit SXSW. Take note of the 3/21 day party they’re playing.
03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW House Show ^
03/21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW [Woodsist Showcase – Aunt Bea’s ] %
03/22 – Tucson, AZ @ TBA
03/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace $
04/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Luigi’s Fun Garden #
^ w/ Hearts Of Darknesses, Treasure Mammal, Negative Negative, Pterodactyl, etc.
% w/ No Age, Wavves, Crystal Stilts, Woods, Eat Skull, Three Oh Sees, Blank Dogs, Psychedelic Horseshit, caUSE co-MOTION!, Kurt Vile, Christmas Island, the Fresh & Onlys, Real Estate
$ w/ Mi Ami, Laco$te, and Explode Into Color
# w/ Wavves & Vampire Hands