PYPY, “Pagan Day” LP

cover - pypyPYPY‘s debut release, Pagan Day, has the unfortunate timing of coming out after Savages’ Silence Yourself. It’s all too unfortunate that it’s going to be compared to that bit of disco-tinged post-punk.

This is, however, a less focused release than that, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Pagan Day meanders and engages in psychedelic freakout workouts, making the moments when PYPY focuses that much more intense. There’s a lot of build-and-release on this album, and it makes for an involving listen.

“New York” will just work a dance bassline for a good half minute before turning the burbling, underwater guitar into pointed riffs, simply exploding from your speakers. You’ll be nodding along, then suddenly rocking out, thrashing about the room, like you’ve been possessed by a fucking demon.

Then, of course, the song following it, “Molly,” is a pretty standard psych-rock number. Guitar solos all over the place, flanged vocals, and an end that doesn’t so much build as collapse upon itself. It’s the sheer unpredictability of PYPY that makes Pagan Day such a fantastic, intriguing listen.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that, smack-dab in the middle of the record, comes “Daffodils,” an absolutely perfect dance jam. Slovenly and Black Gladiator make mention of Liquid Liquid in the press kit, but the track also manages to work in some evil proto-metal fuzz and a bassline that’s quite reminiscent of Delta 5’s “Mind Your Own Business.”

You’re then sent into the jittery, uncomfortable “Too Much Cocaine,” which might as well have been recorded during a full-on bender in the studio. It will make you feel like you’ve slammed a pot of coffee, then topped it off with a shot of DayQuil. It’s twitchy, yet manages to find a way of getting your feet tapping, even with someone screaming “SHUT THE FUCK UP!” in the background of the song.

It’s not due out until February 11, but you can pre-order it on Bandcamp. There are 50 mailorder copies on white vinyl (out of a pressing of 100), and plenty available on black or CD.