killer new music from baltimore power trio me and this army: this is “what it is.” #soundcheck

September 23, 2013

It’s been over a year since we last heard from Baltimore power trio (who have of one of the best band names in indie rock), AFROPUNK members Me and This Army. Courtney, Nicholas, and Jon are back with the first track from their forthcoming ‘ZOO’ EP. Recorded up in Brooklyn at the soon-to-be-legendary Converse Rubber Tracks with producer Aaron Bastinelli last April, “What It Is” boats the kind of giant hooks and rock’n’roll intensity we’ve grown to expect from Me and This Army.

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Opening with a riff straight out of Jawbreaker’s playbook, the song shifts gears into some angular post-punk when Courtney Hargrove’s voice takes the stage. (I’m starting to wonder if we’re seeing the emergence of the 3rd wave of post-punk. I’d be cool with that.). The trio twists and turns beneath Hargrove’s epic vocal, and it almost feels like there’s no way they can fit this much variation in such a short song. It’s like a musical TARDIS. Unfortunately we don’t have a real one to skip to when they put out the rest of this EP (I am not responsible enough to handle having a time machine…). So hopefully it’s not another year before we hear from them again.

– Words by Nathan Leigh

Previously from Me and This Army (free download):