"Combining the efficiency of punk with the hooks of power-pop, along with plenty of fuzzy guitar.” -AllMusic

“Caustically catchy.” -Consequence of Sound

“All killer and no filler.” -Pop Matters

“San Diego-based surf rock group, match their aggressive edge with occasional psychedelia and some prankster panache.” -Noisey

“A sonic punch in the face (in a good way) reminiscent of late 70’s punk.” -American Songwriter

Bermuda is the latest effort by San Diego’s dismal-pop outfit Mrs. Magician and their second full-length release on Swami Records.

The album offers a concise collection of punk songs inspired by the big sounds of classic ’60s pop and rock ’n’ roll, with structures more associated with ’70s and ’80s power pop. Thomas Garcia’s blissed-out backwash guitar tones and fuck-it fuzz attack juxtapose the band’s dry and thudding foundation, creating a tropically depressed grog. Cutting through the lacquer with a glossy shimmer, producer Swami John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes) coaxes a tightly wound, rigid backdrop for vocalist Jacob Turnbloom’s morose-pop delivery.

Lyrically far more non-linear than their 2012 debut album Strange Heaven, Bermuda echoes the familiar self-deprecating humor that is heavily present in the band’s prior work, but focuses less on interpersonal relationships, favoring broader inspirations of alienation and melodrama. Themes of gentrification, addiction, religion and the intoxicating aroma of modern day conspiracy theories wrestle against a bright and tight sonic terrain. This is the ghetto of Kokomo.

Bermuda has a boozy and breezy island malaise on the surface. But once submerged, the listener is exposed to confusion, nihilism and the notion that even with all of our technology and omnipresence of big brother, essentially we are all still very lost.

Teach Me! is what happens when three of San Diego’s best punk writers dick around. The trio, made up of Tommy Garcia on guitar (Mrs. Magician, Lowlands) and longtime collaborators Jeremy Rojas (Beaters, The Sess) and Andrew Montoya (Ale Mania, The Sess) on bass/vocals & drums respectively, churned out six songs in one week in preparation for the surprise birthday party of old friend, and Soda Bar talent buyer, Cory Stier (Cults, Mrs. Magician). This two song EP, recorded with renowned producer Ben Moore (Rocket From The Crypt, Pinback, Hot Snakes, Metz & many more), comes from that flurry of songwriting. It mixes Garcia’s jagged, wailing riffs, Montoya’s mechanical, piston-like drumming and Rojas’ relentless, booming bass and snotty vocals, like on the EP’s namesake ‘Collector’, to create something as dark as it is fun as hell. It’s a potent combination of classic Punk and Post Hardcore that rings especially true in San Diego, home of the infamous John Reis (Hot Snakes & Drive Like Jehu). Teach Me! are set to release a full length follow up on Volar Records in 2017. –LISTENSD


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