I've been listening to Useless Eaters 'Agoraphobic' single since I picked it up after seeing him open for Jay at Le Poisson Rouge a while back and he's got a couple of new ones now at Goner, like this 'Sucked in' single. I love the sound he's getting on these singles, huge reverb, stripped down punk melodies. Sort of surf....always punk with raw, effortless vocals, but the punchy melodies are perfect...'I don't want to go out / I don't want to socialize / Agoraphobic / that's what they call me'
It's drawing from all these garage/punk influences and it's channeled through someone whose kind of realizing he's got to start from scratch anyway. Throw out the history and move on...but of course you can't. He's smartly remembered, been influenced enough to have had it stick. It's garage pop perfection, down to the recording...it's all messy, peaking all over the place. Like Nathan from Wavves it's just forward thinking...putting the blinders on and racing ahead. I hope he can keep this momentum forever. If Jay is involved/supporting in some small way....then he's a pretty good chance of keeping it.
But it really came together live...It's rare to have that experience hearing someone play for the first time and completely get blown away...it's ridiculous he's 19 or something. It's like I'd heard them all before, and I wanted to again immediately.
Perfect example is 'Malfunction' at his myspace, the melody against the bursts of echo and distorted vocals. It's reckless. You lose this fearlessness as the years go by and self consciousness creeps in.
You see that?...I'm going to stay positive...what an old asshole I am.
I can't wait to finally get a full length...and who's going to put it out? Goner? Shattered Records?
USELESS EATERS - Sucked In - Goner - 52 GONE - 7" - $ 5.75
***Using cheap amps, cheap mics, and cheap tricks, Seth Sutton has created a fantastic and fascinating body of work as Useless Eaters. Taking his name from a snotty Vomit Pigs track from a snotty Killed By Death compilation, Sutton has aligned himself with the losers, the forgotten, and the never-were-knowns of "back in the day." Think Legionaires Disease, or The Trend, or Tampax, or Unnatural Axe--all fantastic bands content to dwell in the gutter, spewing out noxious, humorous, untamed punk rock with cheap and nasty equipment.Barely out of high school, Sutton has absorbed all the lessons of punk rock's first thirty years and avoided the traps of sentimentality, phoniness, and the urge to impress anyone outside of the band. Useless Eaters hate fashion, hate proficiency, hate snobbery, and probably hate you.Singles on Jay Reatard's Shattered Records, Italy's Goodbye Boozy, and other obscure vinyl outposts worldwide are spreading the sound. Useless Eaters are the real deal. Get in on it now, and share the secret. Or don't--Useless Eaters really don't care.
Get this one and the shattered records single from Goner.