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New Bums

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New Bums is the grudging match-up of Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Also of – Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, 200 Years, Rangda and who’s hiring?)

“the beautifully dazed “Sometimes You Crash” sounds like something a strung-out Alex Chilton would have strummed out during a late-night session for Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, whereas the busker boogie of “Your Bullshit” imagines an alternate 1990s where Royal Trux sold enough records for Virgin to get their own MTV Unplugged episode… On Voices in a Rented Room, Chasny and Quinn resemble not so much folk singers as punk pranksters who couldn’t afford to pay their electricity bill. Just call ’em Simon & Garfuckoff.” PITCHFORK

“New Bums’ debut full-length is an instant psych-folk classic, filled with woozy balladry, wicked humor and skeletal melodies. The opener, “Black Bough,” conjures up memories of Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth’s excellent mid-80s albums, while “Sometimes You Crash” comes dangerously close to matching the most devastating moments of Big Star’s Third. Instrumentation is spare, mostly acoustic, but Chasny and Quinn fill out the sound with lonesome piano lines, shaggy vocal harmonies and elegantly wasted guitar work.” AQUARIUM DRUNKARD