Latest release: “Gauche et Droite” (High School Football/Black Cactus)
Who: Brothers Billy (guitar/vocals) and Dale (drums) Goodman have been kicking around the Tempe, Ariz., rock scene for over a decade, with various bassists in tow. For the first five of those years, they were almost insanely prolific, releasing four albums, an EP and various singles and compilation tracks. Then…nothing, until this 40-track, double-disc opus.
What they’re saying: “You know those amazing rock bands you grew up with? Or wish you had? You know. The Pixies. Built to Spill. The Replacements. The Necronauts have swallowed them. Whole.” – Mike McQuillan, Yab Yum Music
What we’re saying: Listening to “Gauche et Droite” is like discovering a really great college radio station circa 1994—the slacker-rock hits just keep on coming! Just when you think Billy Goodman’s songwriting can’t get any sharper, it does, culminating in the sunny yet sardonic “Leslie’s Deal,” a Paul Westerberg homage masquerading as a mash note to a female rock promoter. With 40 tracks (including some demos and alternate takes, but still) and nary a misfire among them, the whole thing is jaw-droppingly good. Like, “Crooked Rain,” “Too High to Die,” “Perfect From Now On” good. Where have these guys been hiding for the past five years? – Andy Hermann
Listen: “The Necronauts - Ashes Over Idaho”
Official website: http://www.thenecronauts.com/