Track Premiere: Neckbolt – ‘Unlighted Chambers’

Noise-fueled psych-rockers Neckbolt are releasing their latest album, Midwestern Drawl, on November 5 via Spider Dispatch Unit and Digital Hotdogs.

Sonically challenging—think N8NOFACE meets Flaming Lips’ recent experimental records, but with strong hooks at the core—the band features members of Exhalants, Power Pyramid, Mom Jeans, alongside visual artist James Roo.

Listen to the album version of the single “Unlighted Chambers” below:

The band has also released a VHS/online live performance video of “Unlighted Chambers,” taken from the full album Live! at the Museum of Human Achievement, released in conjunction with the LP, cassette and digital. Pre-orders are available here.

Neckbolt was formed in 2020 by multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Krause and vocalist James Roo after Krause had relocated from Colorado. All instruments on the band’s debut album Midwestern Drawl were recorded and performed by Krause during 2020 and 2021, with Roo providing vocals, lyrics, and artwork.

With the eleven-track album’s completion, the duo opted to expand the line-up in order to play live. Enter Bill Indelicato from Austin’s noise-rock powerhouse Exhalants, along with Kilyn Massey and Brent Hodge from OKC’s shoegaze masters Power Pyramid to complete the line-up.

This outsider noise-rock project from Austin, TX requires close listening to parse out the informed musicianship that binds the skewed and screeching elements together. Neckbolt’s unrelenting twang, invasive visual and lyrical concepts, and uncharted sonic challenges to the experimental and noise rock genres are reminiscent of the early Skin Graft label’s pugilistic skronk, while also hinting at the subsumed melodies within recent Flaming Lips noise outings.

Preorder Midwestern Drawl here.

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