Personality Cult’s new record New Arrows, out February 14 via Dirtnap Records, is catch, resonant, and powerful. Hear it here first.

What started as a solo project for North Carolina’s Ben Carr has evolved into a full-band supergroup of sorts featuring past and present members of Paint Fumes, Last Year’s Men, Natural Causes, Bass Drum Of Death, Missing Pages, Mind Spiders, Sweet Talk, and Sweet Knives.
Personality Cult’s album is a rapid-fire blend of nervous guitars, dark undercurrents, and plenty of hooks that will guarantee repeat listens.
While sonically New Arrows doesn’t fall too far from what you’d associate with many beloved Dirtnap bands of the past, these guys really nail the delicate balance of taking a familiar sound and putting their own unique spin on it, in the end sounding like nothing but themselves.
“New Arrows was recorded with Jeff Burke in a practice space in New York,” says Ben Carr. “I did all of the overdubs with a 50-buck microphone and a laptop in the back of a record store. I worked really hard on it, and I think it turned out pretty good. You can do it, too. In the words of the Desperate Bicycles, ‘It was cheap; it was easy—go and do it!'”

Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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