Thanks to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s hit show Portlandia, even non-Pacific Northwesterners now have an understanding of the inherent strangeness of the scene in Portland, Oregon. That said, Kyle MacLachlan playing bass for a roots reggae band doesn’t hold a candle to the weirdness of the doomy, grungy, garage-rock cacaphony that is duo Sam Ford and Max Dameron of Wizard Rifle. With influences as varied as Judas Priest, Sonic Youth and Queens of the Stone Age, you aren’t really sure what you are going to get from these two until you buckle up and listen.
Wizard Rifle’s debut LP will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on March 13, but IO has managed to snag you an early listen. Click the mp3 link below to hear Speak Loud Say Nothing in its entirety!
Wizard Rifle – “Speak Loud Say Nothing”