The second release from Bellingham, Wash.’s ghastly darlings Black Eyes and Neckties has plenty going for it, including a hard, fast and authentic garage/horror punk sound.
From the first few chords of the first track, “New Womb,” the album blends danceable, thrashy punk chords with the haunting wail of a ghostly organ. Though this combination could easily get annoying, Black Eyes & Neckties wears the style well, maintaining a distinctive edge much like Motion City Soundtrack and The Epoxies do with each of their instrumental quirks.
The lyrics and vocals aren’t pretty, of course—they’re nightmarish and unearthly most of the time—but they’ll sink into your brain and make you want to sing out loud. Consider yourself warned, however, about drawing concerned stares in the supermarket checkout line if you’re caught chanting songs like “Tombs,” with the line, “Shot through the throat! Never sing another note!”
The band recently finished a buzz-worthy performance at Seattle’s famous Capitol Hill Block Party, and if they play their cards right, they’ll probably be one of the most memorable bands at Total Fest, as well.
Black Eyes & Neckties play Total Fest Thursday, Aug. 14, at 9 PM at the Badlander.