check out tunde adebimpe from tv on the radio’s new project: higgins waterproof black magic band. their haunting post-punk ep is streaming now! #soundcheck

November 4, 2013

Just a few months since TV on the Radio dropped their first singles since the tragic death of bassist Gerard Smith, singer Tunde Adebimpe is unveiling his latest project, the unwieldily named Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. Their debut EP (which is also available as a 12” 45 because fuck yeah it is) is a wash of haunting atmosphere and driving guitar.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

Backed by drummer Ryan Sawyer (of Lone Wolf and Cub), guitarist Alex Holden (Big Numbers), and bassist Josh Werner (Lee “Scratch” Perry), Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band marries shoegaze guitar to post-punk rhythms and dub bass and vocal effects. The effect is moody but undeniably groovy. Lead single “The Blast, The Boom” is explosive and immediate. Tracks like “Knocking Ghost” evoke Fugazi at their most atmospheric. While epic album closer “Mad Lifeline” stacks mountains of delay on top of West African rhythms until the tension nearly snaps.
The full EP is streaming in the SoundCloud player above, and is available for download on iTunes. But do yourself a favor and pick up the vinyl. Music that sounds this good needs to be heard on analog.