Male Bonding - Endless Now (2011)

Male Bonding is a noise-pop trio from London’s Dalston neighborhood. 'Nothing Hurts', the band’s 2010 debut was described by Pitchfork as, “…the sound of a fast, fuzzy rock band racing from hook to hook, plowing happily through breakdowns and guitar blasts, springing through scrappy melodies with style. It’s one of the happiest surprises of the year so far.” This new Male Bonding album, 'Endless Now', was recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY, the converted 19th century church that birthed such classics as The B-52s’ “Love Shack” and Dinosaur Jr.’s 1993 full-length 'Where You Been'. The band worked with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Dinosaur Jr.) installed behind the altar and came up with an album animated by an infectious, evangelical zeal that reflects their roots in the D.I.Y. indie rock community. This second effort finds them less frenzied and experimenting with dynamics, texture and song structure, without losing any of the trademark fizz. Agnello coaxes dreamy harmonies from their skewed sound; with nods to '60s pop on "What's That Scene" and layer upon layer of crushing melancholy on crescendoing six minute epic "Bones". Eleven tracks—plus a wee reprise—imbued with the fierce urgency of now, and catchy as all get-out, 'Endless Now' is 36 minutes of songs tailor-made to anchor mix tapes and playlists—if you can stand to separate them from the whole album.

Male Bonding
Endless Now
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1. Tame the Sun
2. Carrying
3. Seems to Notice Now
4. Bones
5. Before It's Gone
6. What's That Scene
7. Mysteries Complete
8. Can't Dream
9. The Saddle
10. Channeling Your Fears
11. Dig You Out
12. Reprise

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Sub Pop
United States
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