THE PRESS RELEASE: “2020: world in flames, deserts in permafrost, everyone in their own corners, looking down into their hands. What’s happening isn’t working, but Flat Worms have hardened their post-punk/psych sound, and are out there, playing to change minds at all times. Recorded at Electrical Audio with Steve Albini, they fight the cold realities on Antarctica.“
MY TWO CENTS: The worm returns. Three years after their acerbic and abrasive debut, L.A. post-punk power trio and supegroup Flat Worms — whose members have spent time with Ty Segall, Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Dream Boys and more — come crawling back with another salvo from the seedy underbelly of the noise-garage depths. Sporting guitars that scrape and scratch and twitch, basslines and backbeats that thunder and lumber and lurch, and barked vocal chants about market forces, condo colonies and life in the aughts, these tense alt-rock anthems could be a long-buried treasure from the ’80s scene that spawned everyone from Wire and Gang of Four to The Wipers. Wiry and ornery, frantic and fierce, muscular and moody, Antarctica is everywhere you want to be.