Christmas Island / Meth Teeth: Christmas Island / Meth Teeth
On the heels of singles for HoZac and Sweet Rot and debut full-lengths for Woodsist and In The Red respectively, we're finally ready to roll out the long awaited double 7" EP from Meth Teeth and Christmas Island. These two West Coast bands offer opposing sides of the same coin. San Diego's Christmas Island don't play holiday music, but they do offer two sides of shambling melodic guitar-and-xylophone driven bubblegummy garage. The poppy vibes of the A-side "Ex-Beach" coupled with "Drawing Skulls", a revved up slide-driven stomper serve as a counterpoint to Portland's downer folk stalwarts Meth Teeth. Their dirge-like "Don't Come Home" is coupled with "Control" a song whose loner vibes might be the last thing you'd want to hear while jacked outta your mind on amphetamines.
Christmas: Namiot b/w Namiot Version
The discussion of starting a band that would later be called Christmas started in a Polish dive bar. Their first single for K, "Namiot" [DBN118] would be the next big pop hit ? if people only knew what it meant. A "namiot" is not a lost tribe of people who danced beautifully ... but you can dance to this. The playful vocals ("hey!" "oh no!"), Morse code bass, tight drumskins and jangly, lost guitar were recorded in the Dub Narcotic Studios of Olympia, Washington in the Christmas-time of the Pacific Northwest: the summer. If you learned that "namiot" is just a Polish word for "tent" would that make this song an inside joke? Expand your vocabulary. On the B-side, Selector Dub Narcotic (aka Calvin Johnson) dirties not only the carpet, but also the curtains. Slowed down, mud everywhere, "Namiot Version" is the scene after the party: a lamp has been knocked over, someone is muttering in the corner. This Dub Narcotic Disco Plate is a contrast ? a true black and white Valentine.