Los Angeles-based gritty, garage rock four-piece The Paranoyds recently signed to Suicide Squeeze and announced a new two-track, “Hungry Sam”/”Trade Our Sins” which is released digitally today, with the 7" vinyl to follow on July 12th.
Following last month’s release of the A-Side , today the band share the B-side. Premiering on Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 show via Apple Music, “Trade Our Sins” is a cautionary slowdance fit for the end of the night or the end of the world. Desire’s doomsday has arrived, and as vocalist/bassist Staz Lindes warns “the train is coming” over a simple waltz of guitars and keys, we hear of two lovers in a now-or-never moment to share in sin’s delights before it’s too late. It offers an enchanting, seductively playful side of the band.
“Hungry Sam”/”Trade Our Sins” is out today digitally, and will be out on 7-inch vinyl on July 12th. This will be a one-time pressing of 750, 650 on Orange Crush color vinyl, and 100 on Neon Yellow colour vinyl - pre-order it HERE.
The core of The Paranoyds began with Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-vocals) and Lexi Funston (guitars/vocals), whose friendship carried from preschool days to the halls of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Ditching the playground for the practice space in high school, they caught up with Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and welcomed David Ruiz (drums, vocals) in 2015. The Paranoyds’ mission to craft songs with the gritty spunk and dark playfulness of a cult-classic splatter film is shared equally. Their self-described “sister vocal act” shares the snarling, over-it-but-totally-into-it vocals throughout their songs, moving from dirty surf-pop guitar jams to power-packed garage rock.
Perhaps as rejection of the digital construct in which self-promotion thrives, The Paranoyds have kept a low profile on social media, keeping in the punk traditions of eschewing societal norms. They do what precocious punk bands do best - hit the road and make the world listen. They know the world is watching, from their outings as direct support for DIIV, Albert Hammond Jr., Sunflower Bean, and BRONCHO, as well as forthcoming US dates with Tacocat.
The Paranoyds’ debut release on Suicide Squeeze offers a sign of more to come in 2019.