Tailoring their own brand of “sloppy space rock” for the last six years, Philadelphia duo, Kevin Nickles (sax, flute, synth) & Daniel Provenzano (bass, vocals) have a truly out-of-this-world sound! Concocting a bracing and often intense blend of lo-fi psych rock, its easy to forget that the The Writhing Squares are just a two-piece, for this sound is BIG!
Their fascinating explorations, constructed out of a “bass, sax, drum machine and a few more things,” extends over many ever-changing genre terrains as they cast their sonic nets into the cosmos. Harvesting an array of vibrant jazz, hefty fuzz-rock and psychedelic funk as they go, you never quite know what to expect from these two and I love music that keeps you guessing!
The Writhing Squares are to release new record, Chart For The Solution (and second for Trouble In Mind) at the end of next month. Described as a “heady, progressive, psychedelic space-rock-cum-minimal synth slop”, this 11-track offering has two songs available to preview now! Not many of The Writing Squares songs fall below the five minute mark, with many stretching out into lengthy entrancing drones and in keeping with this, both songs extend over eight and eleven hypnotic minutes!
Closing track Epilogue (as with a lot of Writhing Squares songs) reminds me of Comet Is Coming with its fierce sax as it fires a burning drawl over funky Rage Against The Machine guitar riffs. Deep melodic grooves are carved out as they wind their way sinuously through thundering rhythms, whilst heavy bass leads the sonic assault. Rogue Moon also hits you with its wall-of-noise charm, taking you off to otherworldly realms as you forget everything for the next eleven minutes! I’m looking forward to what the rest of Chart For The Solution has to offer and anticipate it will be well-worth a visit upon its release on 26th March!
If you like what you hear and want check out The Writhing Squares back-catalogue and pre-order a copy of their new album, you can do that here.