Let’s be honest-split 7″s can sometimes be one-sided affairs where two mismatched artists’ juxtaposing sounds do little to compliment each other. But if there were ever two bands who were made to share a slab of wax, it’s Guantanamo Baywatch and Shannon & The Clams. The two bands are teaming up for a split single as part of Suicide Squeeze Records’ heralded singles series (out April 29th, 2014). The label is giving us a preview with a new track from Guantanamo Baywatch (see Impose debut).
Suicide Squeeze Records’ latest Portland-based signees, Guantanamo Baywatch, continue their tradition of filtering AM radio rock n’ roll, surf, and rockabilly through a layer of punk sleaze into a ribald and hyper-sexualized ruckus with their country-fried two-step “Love Kin”. On the flipside, Oakland’s Shannon & The Clams invoke golden oldies like Del Shannon, ’60s girl-groups like The Shirelles, and the bawdy revisionism of John Waters’s ’50s throwback films with the prom-theme “Mama”. Together, Guantanamo Baywatch and Shannon & The Clams both summon different classic sounds of yesteryear, strip it of it’s youthful innocence, substitute Phil Spectors’ wall-of-sound production with DIY grit, and wind up re-contextualizing the early pop hit into a new brand of subversive, campy punk rock.
The split 7″ is limited to 750 copies (250 on clear with opaque-pink spotted vinyl, 500 on traditional black) that come with a free download code. The two songs are also available digitally worldwide.
Guantanamo Baywatch on tour!
3.5.14 – Portland, OR – The Know *
3.6.14 – Boise, ID – The Crux *
3.7.14 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
3.8.14 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis *
3.10.14 – McAllen, TX – GALAX Z FAIR *
3.12.14 – Austin, TX – Burger City Party *
3.13.14 – Austin, TX – Lollipop Party
3.14.14 – Austin, TX – American Icon Party
3.14.14 – Austin, TX – Suicide Squeeze + Hardly Art Party
3.15.14 – Austin, TX – Burger Party
3.15.14 – Austin, TX – Headhunters
3.16.14 – San Antonio, TX – Burger SXSW Hangover
3.17.14 – El Paso, TX – So Sick Fest (w/ Audacity, Boom!)
3.18.14 – Phoenix, AZ – Yucca Tap Room *
3.19.14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Griffin *
3.20.14 – San Pedro, CA – Harold’s Place *
3.22.14 – Santa Ana, CA – BURGERAMA III
3.24.14 – San Francisco, CA – Knockout *
3.26.14 – Eugene, OR – 543 Blair *
3.29.14 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (w/ Wampire)
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