Remember Zwan? I’m sure you do – that was Billy Corgan’s transitional band between old and new Smashing Pumpkins (that would be pre-Infowars era Billy).
Well, here comes something way cooler. David Pajo of Tortoise / Slint / Zwan fame started a new band with Vern Rumsey from Unwound – its called Household Gods. They also got Conan Neutron (of Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends fame) on guitar/vocals!
“Palace Intrigue”, their debut, is a tribute to Portland musician Lauren LKN Newman (Palo Verde) whose voice and riffs permeate the album. Musically its more Slint than Unwound – immensely heavy, but immensely catchy/atmospheric as well, which is exactly how one could describe “Hostile Architecture”. The riffs, the melodies – once you heard it, you would want to hear it again…and again…and again. Its as if the 90s never ended.
Palace Intrigue is out right now on Seismic Wave Entertainment