"Scowling, winking garage rock. Full of lethal riffs, but toying with clap-along twee, The Paranoyds' ... splits the difference between Bratmobile and The Go-Gos, with a little Blondie thrown in...['Girlfriend Degree' is] a mission statement and a battlecry for a band equally interested in laughing as the world burns, and fixing it." - Paper
"Sweet, grungy goodness." - Nylon
"'Carnage Bargain' is constructed of splinters from classic girl group, lo-fi guitar pop, and forceful impact of Riot Grrrl." - Clash
"The Paranoyds don’t shy away, they seem to be embracing all the good and dealing with the evil too. They even go so far as to provide the people with the perfect sound to dance it all off to." - Flaunt
Photo credit: Derek Perlman
Today, LA-based garage rock band The Paranoyds announce their sophomore LP, Talk, Talk, Talk,available for pre-order now, and due out September 9 via Third Man Records. Along with the announcement, the band shares their gritty first single from the forthcoming project, "Lizzie," with its accompanying video that turns back time to the 80's.
The Paranoyds, who recently opened for Jack White in Los Angeles, are Southern California DIY rock royalty, unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are ready to take their artistry to new heights. The four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keyboardist-
In addition to today's announcements, the band will support Jack White for three dates this September including Asheville, NC, New Orleans, LA and Shreveport, LA. Find a full list of dates below, and grab tickets via linktr.ee/theparanoyds.
The Paranoyds have caught the attention of several leading tastemakers as they continue to build on their fervent fanbase. LADYGUNN, called their music "upbeat" yet "ominous" and added the band is "edgy and cute all at once and their music reflects that youthful energy that you wish you could bottle." Surviving The Golden Age wrote, ""...["Girlfriend Degree’s] fuzzy guitars are reminiscent of bands like the Kinks or more modernly The Hives. Although the track is fairly mid-tempo, it still sounds urgent; it is a sign of a band who knows how to make anthems," and that "Carnage Bargain is a huge triumph for The Paranoyds" Of their debut LP, Carnage Bargain, Bandcamp
"Lizzie," the first taste of what's to come from the band, is a gritty, lo-fi punk track that launches the four-piece into space. The band sings over grainy electric guitar, "Cosmically I don't believe in sights that remain unseen / Unfounded memories from 1950 / Panhandling fantasies of a higher being / Why can't she just believe in me?"
The track dives into the celestial realm of an otherworldly crush. Funston explains, "She's cute, she's passionate, she's dedicated to her art, but there's this one thing. She's a walking contradiction. How does she consistently act in roles, where she plays a truth-seeker, a down-to-earth, relatable woman who's usually trying to escape some sort of oppressive event or oppressive relationship and then in real life be completely bound to a religion with foundations that are essentially a science fiction novel?"
The track's video, directed by JJ Stratford, sees the band presented on an old TV donning silver costumes, ornate headwear made of tin foil and robotic movement. It's a retro futuristic daydream that calls back to visuals of decades past–it's nostalgic, while imaging what the future may look like.
The creation of the track itself painted a clear, 80's-inspired picture of what the visuals would look like. The band explains, "When we were recording 'Lizzie,' we knew we wanted it to sound like what people in the early 80s might have thought the not-so-distant future could look like. I think we might have said something like 'Terminator' and 'Alien' to our Director, JJ. She was able to spin those references and create an oddly delightful, intergalactic world, with an American Bandstand-type performance on a spaceship, which ends in our band being abducted by a "5G" goddess."
Stratford adds, "I really wanted to work with The Paranoyds, because they have a Devo vibe that's mutated into something so modern and wonderful. It's what this world needs. There's even a few Easter eggs in the video that point to our De-evolution."
Talk, Talk, Talk, the sophomore album from The Paranoyds gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds that span an eclectic array of genres–from jazz, to lo-fi punk-rock, to groovy R&B–that melt together showcasing the innovative range of The Paranoyds.
"Lizzie," and its accompanying video are out everywhere now. Talk, Talk, Talk, the explosive sophomore album from the four-piece is due out September 9 via Third Man Records and is available for pre-order now. See the band support Jack White this September, with tickets available here. Connect with The Paranoyds on Instagram, YouTube and Face