By Gregory AdamsTwo years on from Hamilton, ON garage blazers TV Freaks' self-titled debut, the band are back with their appropriately titled sophomore set, Two. While hard copies of the album will be up for grabs September 23 via Schizophrenic Records, you can stream the whole jittery rage-out on Exclaim.ca.
A press release points to Two including "rabid and discerning punk songs" that run on "themes of melancholy neurosis." A prominent Stooges influences takes hold of tracks like "Nothing" and "Pusher," the latter taking on the sludgey slink of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" before ratcheting up its tempo, though touchstones also include Black Flag, Wire or even the juiced-up garage pound of Rocket From the Crypt at its raggediest. Other highlights include cyclical chugging earworms like "Phone" and the riotous opener "Rewind."
You can sample all of TV Freaks' in-the-red opus down below, where you'll also find the band's upcoming Canadian dates.
09/21 Toronto, ON - The Garrison * 09/28 Hamilton, ON - Happy Hourz ^ 10/04 London, ON - Blood Haus % 10/05 Windsor, ON - Coach & Horses # 10/11 Ottawa, ON - Mugshots $ 10/12 Montreal, QC - Brasserie Beaubien @
* with Shadowy Men on Shadowy Planet and the Sadies ^ LP release party with Born Wrong, Eraserhead, Nice Head % with Eraserhead # with Cellos, Greys, Eraserhead $ with Thee Nodes, Blood Red @ with Sonic Avenues