If you don't already know Hot Victory, it's time to get with the program. Caitlin Love and Ben Stoller share a gigantic drum set kitted with triggers and synths, and make a futuristic, otherworldly thunder that has no equal. Their latest 12-inch, Hot Victory, is due out on Eolian Empire on April 22, and here's a listen to the closing track, the savagely clattering "Labyrinthos." Hot Victory plays the Stumpfest heavy music festival later this month, on Thursday, April 24 at Mississippi Studios.
Speaking of drummers, Neal Morgan—who has manned the skins for Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan—has also released a pair of unusual drum-and-voice solo records. His third, Neal Morgan, is due out on Party Damage on June 17 and is his first largely spoken-word set. The first half is all a capella, while the second half finds Morgan speaking over percussion tracks, before it concludes with an improvised drum "passage." "Walking to the Lake" must come from the second half of the set, as it's a basic tom-tom pattern buoying Morgan's introspective words. Other pieces on the album were inspired by painter Philip Guston and a piano work by Ravel.
We loved Honey Bucket's last one, and now there's a new Honey Bucket to unload all over your ears. Futon is nine more tracks of good-time port-a-potty pop, and "Wizard Mountain Part 2" is a speedy, drum-rumble number that'll catch your ears and not let goe. Futon is available digitally on Bandcamp and physically at Gnar Tapes; meanwhile, Honey Bucket will play a tape release show at the Know on Monday, April 21 with the Shivas and Salt Lake's Super 78.