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Rabble Rabble To Release New Seven-Inch At Empty Bottle

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on May 19, 2011 4:00PM

Local rousers Rabble Rabble will release a new single on vinyl and digital download Monday. The single has two new tracks, “Why Not” and “Long Hook,” recorded at a converted barn a recent East Coast tour stop--an apt setting, because of how the quintet’s manic blend of punk and psychedelia translates in concert. (Which is to say, “barn-burning” is an entirely appropriate adjective).

“Why Not” introduces a post-punk edge into the group’s sound, with the two-chord stomp and staccato yells sitting nicely against classic Fugazi tracks like “Margin Walker” and “Lockdown.” (The wah-wah-heavy breakdowns and solos are more akin to Ride’s early EPs).

“Long Hook,” meanwhile, has a surf-y new-wave vibe with counterpointing guitars and a brisk tempo doing the musical heavy work.

Rabble squared will celebrate the release of the new single with a free show at The Empty Bottle on Monday. Plustapers Distractions and LA-based We Are Hex also play.

To listen to “Why Not” and “Long Hook,” head to Rabble Rabble’s bandcamp page.