Portland “post-everything” mainstays Mouth Washington are the post-er dudes for progressive, heavy tunes in town (or maybe they are just a viral marketing campaign for Scope that went way, way off the rails). The Hansen Bros and Co. are less Hanson and more Manson, but the high-energy punk tunes do leave you with that same warm feeling as “MMMBop” did back in the day (c’mon, we were all tweens once). In anticipation of their forthcoming album in March, the band re-released their first album Dichotomy on Bandcamp this week. Released in February 2011 and mixed by Ron Harrity at Forest City, Mouth Washington’s debut album is now available for the low, low price of whatever the heck you want to pay. “I’ve had some folks asking about it recently… so it seemed like a good time to make it available again,” said vocalist/guitarist Max Hansen. This is the first time the debut album has been available online in its entirety, so take advantage. Want more Mouth? Catch the band along with Massachusetts punk acts The Flies? and Dérive at Poland Street on January 5 at 7 pm. It’s BYOB and donation-based, but bring a few ducats to help the touring acts and remember to be prompt as P-Street peoples are good neighbors and get their rocking done by quiet hours.
Two very different releases hit Bandcamp this week. Harpswell noise shaman/engineer Crank Sturgeon isn’t an easy act to pin down, but just file him under the opposite of whatever “easy listening” is. Crank’s “germinal gratings” off his new two-track album languor wishing sounds like your conspiracy theory-obsessed uncle swearing under his breath as he tries to re-wire the sound system in an abandoned Soviet-era nuclear plant (“shiny, shiny bits...forms of...flora and fauna….department store….codified and dewey decimalized.”) Back in reality, Portland XX chromozoners The English Muffins have their new Now and Laterz two-track EP all wrapped up in a bow in time for the holidaze. It features Natalie Oldham, Althea Pajak (ex-Metal Feathers) Kate Sullivan-Jones (The Outfits) and Sierra Roberts with a cameo on saxophone. The album is a Christmas split, with the eponymous track “Now and Laterz” backed by a cover of the holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”