To celebrate their electrifying new record on Friday, Flat Worms hosted a rip-roaring show at Zebulon with support from Kaz Mirblouk and Automatic. For the entirety of the show, audience members were shoulder-to-shoulder with one another – allowing for some serious bouncing.
Produced by Ty Segall, Flat Worms fractures through listener-comfortability with their frenetic ear-busting EP Into The Iris — something that was translated perfectly live. The L.A. local post-punk outfit’s six-song EP is feedback saturated and chock-full of undulating bass lines and sharp tempo changes. The band’s pummeling melodic riffs evoke a similar feeling of a speed-racing Hot Rod rupturing through a household living room. You won’t be able to keep yourself from the mosh pit with this banger of an EP (I certainly couldn’t).
The energy inside the EP’s title track will have you surrendering to the sonic energy in Hellman’s bass line – one that is beautifully repeated in “Scattered Palms” accompanied by Ivy’s distortion-y, improv-esque riffs. The driving bass lines feel like someone is stepping on your chest and the twisted guitar riffs offer respite like nails on a chalkboard do. But will you want to turn it off? Just the opposite. You’ll find yourself flipping this record over and over – letting the cars burst through the walls, drinking four red bulls in a row, and somehow waking up with a sore neck from all the action.
Words: Libby Hsieh
Photo Credits: Megan Hullander