Those privy to the cochlear destruction caused by a live Clouds performance should brace themselves appropriately for the band’s new side project. Retaining much of the heaviness of Clouds, J/Q have added an element of melodic fuzz pop that is perhaps a bit more palatable to radio-friendly ears, and “Binary Life” is a cosmic wave of sludge with punches of synth-laden onslaughts and moments of dropped-out vocal-driven echoes. Its choruses filled out by pleasant harmonies, the tune digs deep into Magical Mystery Tour-era psychedelia while staying grungy, fearless, and loud as hell. The track is just one of 14 on their debut full-length, available now at a “name-your-price” on J/Q’s Bandcamp, but you can grab the “Binary Life” MP3 below. Meanwhile, the trio hit Radio in Somerville’s Union Square tonight with Japanese Monster and New York’s Missing Ships; if this show doesn’t leave you with a proper bangover, then maybe you just don’t know how to bang.
DOWNLOAD: J/Q "Binary Life" [mp3]