If Chicago isn’t already the world capital of scuzzy garage pop, bands like Strange Faces continue to bolster its case. The quartet began in 2013 as the solo project of David Miller, a one-time member of lo-fi rockers Twin Peaks. That connection appears to still be going strong, as Cadien James of Twin Peaks mixed and mastered Strange Faces’ debut album, Stonerism.
Due out next week, Stonerism is sloppy, irreverent, and just a little sweet. It’s also drenched in enough reverb to drown a horse, but not enough to completely obscure the ’60s pop hooks that hold Miller’s swaying ship together. There’s even a bit of surf (“I Saw Your Face”) and power pop swagger (“Still Lit”) to help get you through the coming winter.
As for that title, well, don’t worry: You don’t have to be stoned to enjoy Stonerism. “I came up with the name Stonerism as a play on Lonerism,” Miller explains, perhaps alluding to the 2012 record by Australian psych rockers (and CoS Band of the Year) Tame Impala. “I don’t smoke pot anymore,” Miller claims, but his swirling, ethereal melodies beg to differ.
Stonerism is due out December 11th via Autumn Tone Records. Stream the album in full below.