Ambient loops, warped Beach Boys harmonies and experimental, effects-laden guitar work underscore the mesmerising sound of Los Angeles 4-piece Meow Meow.
Meow Meow began as a studio project between Kirk Hellie and Christopher O’Brien. Shortly after the death of their respective bands (Pink Noise Test and Brian Jones Was Murdered), the prolific writing team amassed a large collection of tunes in Kirk’s studio. “Cracked” was their first release as part of a CD compilation for the Japanese Chrome Hearts Magazine.
“Snow Gas Bones” is fueled by a penchant for pop melodies and art-damaged, found-sound sonics; a literate blend of fuzzed out/revved-up guitar anthems and beautifully understated/stoned soundscapes.
Meow Meow owe as much to the likes of Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine as they do to decades of West Coast harmonies, with a hint of Merzbow noise and some broken pre-war 78s thrown in for good measure.
Meow Meow was signed to California’s Devil in the Woods Records for the US where the album “Snow Gas Bones” hit the streets in March 2004. The band came exclusively through Integrity Records for the UK, where the limited edition single “Cracked” debuted in May 2004 with support from Zane Lowe on Radio 1. The album hit the UK streets in October 2004 (NME 7/10, Unpeeled album of the month) with a further Steve Lamacq endorsed single “Sick Fixation.”
“This album is fresh, vital, intriguing and highly entertaining” – babysue.com
“The album is an epic of improbable proportions. Bathe in wonderment” – cent.com
“It’s probably the best pop-ish record you’ve heard in a very long time” – alibi.com
“Irresistible melodies‚ an electric rush and a sweet, sweet taste” – The Heraldback to bands
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