Bleeding Moon is the upcoming release by San Francisco based band Useless Eaters. It consists of twelve tracks. Useless Eaters are Seth Sutton, Miles Luttrell and Brendan Hagarty. Seth Sutton was a protégé of artist Jay Reatard. Useless Eaters sound is a blistering mix of garage style punk going back to The Stooges and MC5 and a neo-psychedelic sound that reminds me of the Brian Jonestown Massacre or something to that effect. From a first listen to this album, I can safely say this is not a soundtrack to a quiet night in.
Useless Eaters Bleedin Moon The album opens with the track American Cars. American Cars sounds like a classic garage punk song. The song clicks off followed by buzzing garage guitars and bratty vocals. It’s everything you’d expect from a punk song. The riff is catchy and the drums make you stand to attention. American Cars is a strong single track to open the album. Dungeon cuts through with buzzing chainsaw guitar riffs and thrashing symbols. The track finishes off with an eccentric guitar solo. Dungeon clocks in at under two minutes as is the way with the best bratty punk.
Out In The Night is a single from Bleeding Moon that was released on September 30th. Compared to the punk of the previous track, I feel like Out In The Night has a bit more of a psychedelic experimental feel. The bass twangs over a driving riff and the vocals are echoing and commanding. The song is druggy and danceable. It’s definitely another strong single for the band. Sitting On The Fruit Line is a purely experiment garage style track. The track is laden with distorted vocals and another groovy bass riff.
The interesting thing about Bleeding Moon is the raw style production. I feel like it adds a level of authenticity to this style of music. Had this album be slickly produced, it wouldn’t quite have the same effect. Hidden Fees is another psychedelic punk style track that The Cramps wouldn’t turn their nose up at. Aftershock is another of the more eccentric tracks on the album with experimental samples, a distorted riff and megaphone style vocal production. Bleeding Moon manages to combine psychedelic styles with short fast punk ferocity. If you are a fan of punk, this album delivers what you want in a punk album. Bleeding Moon delivers twelve blistering bratty blink-and-you-miss-it garage punk songs that make for an energising listen. If indie is more your thing, the styles the band manage to combine make the band interesting enough beyond your typical power chord laden punk rock. Judging by this band’s album, I imagine their shows are a high energy experience. Whether this is anything new, I would be lying to say so but I never have much bad today about some decent punk songs with plenty of decent riffs and a bit of experimentation. Bleeding Moon is well worth giving a listen for fans of fast hard music.
Bleeding Moon by Useless Eaters will be released on October 7th 2014 off Castle Face Records.