Chad Ubovich began Meatbodies as a solo adventure, but he was never really alone. For the project’s self-titled debut album, he was joined by Ty Segall, together PANGEA’s Erik Jimenez, and producer Eric Bauer (Mikal Cronin, Thee Oh Sees). Now, he’s found himself a legit band by recruiting Kevin Boog and Patrick Nolan, who will introduce themselves as Meatbodies with a new 7-inch single.
The single’s A-side, “Valley Girl”, shows that though the lineup has changed, the sound is still Meatbodies. Hooky riffs are churned out through a scuzzy mix, swirling around a steadily bopping bass line. Ubovich’s vocals and lyrics oscillate between playfully snotty and distantly romantic from one syllable to the next. It might read as a typically weird psych number at first, but listen closely and you’ll hear Ubovich has a point to make; it’s just hidden beneath freaky waves of garage rock.
Check it out below.
“Valley Girl” will be released backed by “Hibernation” on March 18th via Famous Class. You can pre-order it here.
To support the single and preview their forthcoming sophomore album, Meatbodies will head out on European tour this spring. Find the full itinerary, and a cheeky video announcing the tour, below.
Meatbodies 2016 Tour Dates:
03/25 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
03/26 – Paris, FR @ Divan du Monde
03/27 – Schijndel, NL @ Paaspop Festival
03/28 – London, UK @ 100 Club
03/29 – Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social
03/30 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
04/01 – Belfast, UK @ Voodoo
04/02 – Dublin, IE @ Workman’s Club
04/03 – Cork, IE @ Pine Lodge, Myrtleville Co.
04/04 – Cork, IE @ Crane Lande Theatre
04/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
04/06 – Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
04/07 – Brussels, BE @ VK
04/08 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
04/09 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
04/10 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes
04/11 – Vevey, CH @ Rocking Chair
04/12 – Marseille, FR @ Poste á Galène
04/13 – Nimes, FR @ Paloma
04/14 – Clermont Ferrand, FR @ Cooperative de Mai
04/15 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
04/16 – Poitiers, FR @ Confort Moderne
04/17 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Siréne
04/19 – Bilbao, ES @ Satellite T
04/20 – Porto, PT @ Maus Habitos
04/21 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox
04/22 – Madrid, ES @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
04/23 – Barcelona, ES @ La (2) de Apolo