New Sounds Triple Play: Around the horn with Pale Monsters, Future Carnivores, and Township


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A few weeks ago the Boston Red Sox turned a triple play in a game against the Cardinals, and everyone lost their goddamned minds. It’s a cool feat, to be sure, but here we are again in October, feeling as suddenly empty as those Fenway Park basepaths. So as a trio of Boston bands — Future Carnivores, Township, and Pale Monsters — prepare to release new music this Saturday (October 14) at The Rockwell in Somerville, we here at Vanyaland thought it’d be fun to turn our own triple play of New Sounds spotlights.

And it makes sense. Usually when we have a record release party coming up on the calendar, we shine that light on the band in question, the so-called belles of the rock club ball. Saturday’s affair in Davis Square stacks the deck, and rightfully so: The agitated pop-rock stylings of Future Carnivores offer up their fourth LP, Post-Tension Pretension, led by electric lead single “Got What You Want​”; homegrown rock and roll survivalists Township present a double-single CD release in “Bad Habit”/”Like Hell”; and Pale Monsters howl in the brisk October night with anthemic new single “All This Time We Wait.”

That’s a lot of new music! So as a fun twist, we decided to ask the bands themselves what they thought of the others’ new tunes. Below is what they had to say…

Township on “Got What You Want” by Future Carnivores

“I listened to this several times. Not because I had to, but because I wanted to. The first thing that struck me was the bounce. Bass and drums propel the song in a way that elicits a feeling of driving just a little too fast in the name of fun. The vocals fit right in, narrating a tale of yearning and punctuating the joy ride of the hunt. I can’t help but imagine Bo singing this song as he takes the band speeding round curve after curve, from day into night. The guitars are big, melodic, and slightly unhinged in the perfect spots. Pop and Rock battle it out trying to push to the forefront of this one, with the end result being a rock song you can dance to — never an easy feat.” — Marc Pinansky

Pale Monsters on “Like Hell” by Township

“Township’s new single “Like Hell” is a triumphant celebration of the universal truth that music is catharsis. Stacked with big licks, soaring vocals, driving rhythms and an emotional guitar solo, ‘Like Hell’ is a perfect addition to the Township canon. It invites us to let go of our worries and turn up the volume.” — Chris Mulvey

Future Carnivores on “All This Time We Wait” by Pale Monsters

“Chris Mulvey has been a mainstay of the Boston music scene for a while now, first as the leader the Breeders/surf rock-influenced Muy Cansado, and now he has busted out with a fresh new ensemble of friends and fellow area music veterans in Pale Monsters. Highlighted by Mike Ward’s ebullient layers of synth squeals, Mulvey’s chiming guitar and a driving rhythm section (drummer Travis Richter and bassist Kevin McGrath), their new single “All This Time We Wait” is a celebration. Had this festival-ready banger come out two or three months earlier it would have made everyone’s summer mixtape.” — Bo Barringer

FUTURE CARNIVORES + TOWNSHIP + PALE MONSTERS :: Saturday, October 14 at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St. in Somerville, MA :: 9 p.m., 21-plus, $12 in advance and $15 at the door :: Rockwell event page :: Advance tickets :: Facebook event page