February 6, 2012


I'm a bit late to the game when it comes to Coolrunnings, but better late than never, right? This four-piece band from Knoxville have released a couple of EPs and singles since 2010, and now their full-length is here, via Portuguese label LebensStrasse Records. The album, Dracula Is Only The Beginning, represents a continuous refinement of Coolrunnings' psych-rock sound, with various afro-beat influences and underpinnings of synth-pop and weird electro sprinkled throughout. Check out "Thunderbirds", a galloping track with well-crafted guitar rhythms, smooth vocals, and subtle yet thrilling melodies.

You can listen to (and download) some of Coolrunnings' other albums at their bandcamp, and you can also buy the new album on either vinyl (coming soon) or cassette.

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