As mentioned, chaotic Wilkes-Barre, PA noise/synth/screamo band An Albatross returned last week with their first new music in 12 years, the two-song Return of the Lazer Viking EP. The band themselves refer to the new songs as "total splatter - futuristic psychedelic soul prog for the new century," and we agree that's a pretty perfect way to put it. They've now also got a new video for the title track out, and it's extremely psychedelic. Check it out below. You can also pick up the EP at Bandcamp and proceeds from the track “Mort Bleu” will be donated to Black Lives Matter Philadelphia.
We spoke to the band over email about the music that influenced this comeback EP, and they made us a very eclectic playlist of influences that includes songs by Hawkwind, ZZ Top, The VSS, The Beach Boys, Mr. Bungle, Glenn Branca, Los Crudos, Ween, James Chance, Boredoms, Carcass, The Stooges, George Gershwin, and more. They say: