Ahead of April 28th, Philly artist Andy Molholt — better known these days as Laser Background — released an early stream of his new record Dark Nuclear Bogs, which is actually an anagram of his stage name (*’The More You Know’ star flies across the sky*). His follow-up to 2016’s Correct sees Molholt’s building confidence warping pop to an almost uncomfortable level, bringing expansive production and saccharine melodies to the world of modern psychedelia.
Andy Molholt, better known as Laser Background, continues to tease his new record Dark Nuclear Bogs (out April 28th), this time with the anxious drum-machine heavy track of “Climb The Hill.” Molholt floats along the synth-filled track, throwing a sprinkle of tasty guitar licks in for good measure. It’s dad rock for digital natives, bringing Demarco’s cool and collective pop to an electronic-heavy world, and man, is it captivating.
In a little over a month, Andy Molholt’s Laser Background will drop their latest LP, Dark Nuclear Bogs. Considering the sludgy, warped psych pop this project drops year after year, the title’s a natural fit, but it actually began its life as an exercise in finding anagrams of their name. Wherever it came from, though, it’s a excellent primer for what to expect on its first single “Hymnals.” Continue reading →
West Philly punk rock frat Pilam’s annual BBQ is a day-long musical endurance test, and the stuff of legend.
This year’s installment — the 39th annual, or the XXXIXth in the parlance of the gig poster — was just announced, and its stacked as ever. Screaming Females and Sad13 co-headline, appearances are made throughout by Laser Background, Clique, Ill Fated Natives, Curtis Cooper, and so many more.
22 bands, 12 hours, noon to midnight, food for carnivores and vegans alike — there’s a lot to love here. More information can be found here. Full lineup, music and more below. Continue reading →
After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below. Continue reading →
When we last heard from them, Philly’s Laser Background was feeling a lot more confrontational. The project of songwriter-composer Andy Molholt led its psychedelic pop tunes down dark and abrasive corners, exploring harsh realities of life in a candy-coated sheen that was equal parts hooky and demented.
In our interview from 2013, Molholt talked about that process of drawing his listeners in, pushing them over the edge and then pulling them back from the abyss. A few years time has passed, and on the new LP Correct – out on May 13th via La Société Expéditionnaire & Endless Daze – Molholt feels less angry and more focused. The project is still unconventional, to be sure. It might still pose a challenge to listeners who, when they think psychedelic, they think The Monkees.
But it also finds Molholt keeping his pop craft front and center as it assembles lucid lyrical puzzles evoking the clash between nostalgic memory and alternate reality. Continue reading →
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Philly sci-fi pop freaks Laser Background have shared the music video for their newest 7″ single, “Jawbreaker”.
The video, which was directed by Ross Brubeck, is a nightmare sequence showing various dark and creepy images set to the band’s ambient and psychedelic song. There are shadow monsters, toothbrushes, bamboo, all mixed together in ways that probably shouldn’t be, but we’re intrigued nonetheless. (It’s also vaguely NSFW for about five seconds, but it’s the weekend so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.) Continue reading →
Lo-fi psych rocker Laser Background (aka Andy Molholt) has released a new track called “Jawbreaker,” the first single from his new record, which is to be released this spring.
The song is personal for Molholt, as he wrote it about a roommate he witnessed living through a toxic relationship. On the track, Molholt doesn’t mince his words, beginning bluntly, “I can’t tell you how much I feel that you are sleeping with the enemy.” Continue reading →