Released in part by the mysterious Goodbye Boozy label is a fresh single from Orange County surf-psych favorites COSMONAUTS. We covered their self-titled full length back in March and these tracks continue on from that mix flawlessly.
So what we have here is a near five minute single which comes from three different labels (one being Goodbye Boozy), each released with their own cover art and a certain number of pressings to confuse the shit out of people. If you can recall (and how couldn’t you?) their s/t from earlier this year, then you should already know how this is going to turn out. “He Never Hit me” automatically comes through with heavy surf rock vibes and an overwhelming psych twist, combining both breezy summertime notions and a barren, sweltering desert. Pounding drums dismantle everything in their path in unison with paralyzing guitar textures, which proves that Cosmonauts continue to offer these massive, submerging sounds that always end up swallowing you whole in one sloppy, energetic bite.
Flipping over to the B-side, the boys supply an even more invigorating number with their take on “Little Honda”. They take their blazing surf rock to a whole new level with ecstatic solo work and twangy blues vibes which makes for a destructive yet highly gratifying listen. Shattering textures of haze and crunch mix for a catastrophic sound stricken with hyperactivity, hereby culminating into one of our favorite singles we’ve heard yet this year.
He Never Hit Me –
Little Honda –
My Rating: 9/10
Genre/ Tags: Psychedelic, Lo-Fi, Surf Rock, Garage Rock
He Never Hit Me 7″: Tracklist:
1.) He Never Hit Me
2.) Little Honda
Past Related Posts:
Cosmonauts s/t (Permanent Records)