STONED SOUNDS: The Royal Baths Take The Empty Bottle
By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 17, 2012 8:00PM
Image via www.myspace.com/baths
The Royal Baths' sound is more rooted in Chicago blues than New York John Cale-esque noise, cloaked in a morose lyrical sensibility that makes even Nick Cave look like a female 60s pop ingenue. It is no wonder that the group recently migrated from the sunny shores of California to the more dreary streets of Brooklyn. Much like their move the release of their newest LP, Better Luck Next Life, marks an even deeper descent into murky depths of their brand of slow, yet deliberate psych and further and further away from the crunchy garage that is San Francisco's current trademark.
Though the album walks a fine line between dark poetry and brusque teen angst, we've centered our opinions directly in the middle of the divide. We've given the record more than a few spins since its release and find it's somewhat bleak tendencies to agree with our senses and the season. Though you may want to pop a Prozac before their set at the Empty Bottle this Monday, we think you'll be glad you made the trip.
Royal Baths, Monday Feb. 20, The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.,
$12, FREE, 21+