Split releases are often one of the best ways to discover new music. Fans of one band find something complementary in the pairing and neither band has the opportunity to overstay their welcome. I've long been an advocate of EPs and other short releases in favor of LPs in most scenarios and this quick burning rock rager from Heavy Traffic and The Mad Doctors is a perfect piece of evidence for brevity's strength in maintaining potency.
Heavy Traffic's offering, "Daylight Ripoff," is possibly the heavier of the two, focusing on groove and riffs to carry their psych-infused sludge. Its strength lies in the band's ability to pair immense weight with otherworldly detours into playful fuzz. For a band more on the metal spectrum than on the psychedelic, they manage to keep from getting lost in needless machismo and keep things more focused on fun than aggression. It's oddly palatable and hooks right in without letting go.
Serving as a complement to this is The Mad Doctor's tribute (in name, if nothing else) to the shreddingest of cheap beers, "Yuengling Malmsteen." The Mad Doctors bash out their fuzzy rock in just under three minutes but manage to turn it into a series of infinite moments. It's expansive and exhilarating, leaving the listener craving more. It's one of the most addictive songs to hit my inbox in a while and I'm thrilled to share it with you today. These guys have a number of gigs lined up in my home here in Brooklyn and I hope to catch one or more of them. Pre-orders for this split go live tomorrow from both Twin Earth Records and King Pizza Records. Stream the song below and check out tour dates for both bands after the stream.
HEAVY TRAFFIC EAST US TOUR:
8/12 @13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, MA with Palace in Thunderland / It's Not Night: Its Space
8/13 @Divan Orange in Montreal, Quebec with Prieur & Landry / Pink Cocoon
8/14 @The Coalition in Toronto, Canada with Lousy Riders
8/15 @Howlers's Coyote Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA with *Fox 45 / Monolith Wielder
8/16 @Taps Live in Indianapolis, IN with *Fox 45 / Shroud Of Vulture
8/17 @Goodfellas Bar & Grill in McMechen, WV with *Fox 45 / Doctor Smoke
8/18 @The Barbary in Philadelphia,PA with It's Not Night: It's Space
8/19 @Guido's Speakeasy in Frederick, MD with Middle Kid / What's Missing
MAD DOCTORS GIGS:
8/10 - Brooklyn @ The Gutter
9/16 - Brooklyn @ The Gateway