Ever since Black Flag grew their hair out and Metallica started covering The Misfits, the twain impulses of punk and metal have been locked in an ever spiraling spasm of split-gene mutation of which crossover and grunge are but two of-their-time examples. Oakland, California’s Lecherous Gaze are the latest gang of not-so juvenile delinquents to throw out the riff rule-book and create something that rocks with the best of whatever form of amplified and aggressive guitar rock you prefer to fixate on. The band releases their sophomore album Zeta Reticuli Blues later this month on Tee Pee Records and, lucky for you, we’re premiering the song “New Distortion” off it, starting today!
Formed in 2010 by former members of the hardcore band Annihilation Time, snatches of a thousand great bands can be heard in Lecherous Gaze’s unique sonic bouillabaisse. There’s the sleazy swagger of ‘70s Nugent, the mad abandon of The Germs, the Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa of the MC5 and the tripped-out, searching musicality of Hendrix and early Santana. At the artistic helm of a new wave of stoner punk bands, including label mates The Shrine, the remainder of the year is sure to be filled with constant touring and probably capped with their appearance on many a ‘Best of 2014’ list on the strength of the new album. Listen to the song “New Distortion” below and be sure to check Lecherousgaze.vh1.com for the latest band news.