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Louisiana: Caddywhompus

Caddywhompus

CITY: New Orleans
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: “The Weight”
WEBSITE: http://caddywhompusband.com/

Sean Hart and Chris Rehm have been friends since childhood. Together, as Caddywhompus, they make some of the most engaging experimental pop this side of Merriweather Post Pavilion. While their earliest songs are mostly catchy slices of energetic stoner-pop, their latest EP, The Weight, shows off their most evolved, elaborate avant-garde rock to date. On tracks like “The Weight” and “Age of Wild Spirits,” the duo blend bizarre arrangements, effects-pedal gloom, and lots of shredding. But for all of The Weight’s technical complexity, Caddywhompus radiate juvenile energy. They approach their high-intensity psych-jams with an open-minded, fuck-it-all attitude, and the effect is dizzying. Watch any YouTube video of the pair doing their thing live and it’s pretty clear that they’re just two best friends playing weird pop songs — and making as much noise as they possibly can.

_Patrick McDermott

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Record Label You Should Know: Chinaquapin Records

A small, community-minded label based in New Orleans that specializes in unique local sounds. Their DIY family includes Caddywhompus, throwback pop-punk band Donovan Wolfington, and the ambient “post-gospel” act Sun Hotel.

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