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Freak Heat Waves' "Self Vortex" Is a Trance You Want to Fall Into

The Montreal band's new single is post-punk via Houston rap instead of Mancunian rock.

by Phil Witmer
Jan 31 2018, 6:00pm

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Montreal post punk sludgemeisters Freak Heat Waves haven't released an album since 2015's Bonnie's State of Mind, but they'll be returning with a new LP called Beyond XXXL on April 6. We have the first single, a whirlpool of bad vibes guitars and creeping bass appropriately called "Self Vortex." The band touts DJ Screw as an influence here, and the slowed-down vocals, repeating synth line, and overall hypnotic churn of the track pay clever tribute to the late Houston rap trailblazer. Stream "Self Vortex" below, pre-order Beyond XXXL on vinyl here, on tape here, and check out Freak Heat Waves' tour dates as well.

Freak Heat Waves Tour Dates

13/04/2018 Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC
17/04/2018 Monkey Bar, Burlington, VT
18/04/2018 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA w/ Preoccupations
19/04/2018 Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY w/ Preoccupations
23/04/2018 Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA w/ Preoccupations
24/04/2018 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC w/ Preoccupations
25/04/2018 Funhouse, Pittsburgh, PA
26/04/2018 A&R Bar, Columbus, OH w/ Preoccupations
27/04/2018 Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL w/ Preoccupations
29/04/2018 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN w/ Preoccupations
30/04/2018 The Aquarium, Fargo, ND
01/05/2018 Pyramid, Winnipeg, MB w/ Preoccupations
02/05/2018 Vangelis Tavern, Saskatoon, SK
03/05/2018 Starlite, Edmonton, AB w/ Preoccupations
04/05/2018 Palomino, Calgary, AB w/ Preoccupations
06/05/2018 Upstairs, Victoria, BA
08/05/2018 Cobalt, Vancouver, BC w/ Preoccupations
10/05/2018 High Water Mark, Portland, OR
11/05/2018 The Olympic, Boise, ID
12/05/2018 Diabolical Records, Salt Lake City, UT
14/05/2018 Minibar, Kansas City
15/05/2018 Pionner, Indianapolis, IN
16/05/2018 Marble Bar, Detroit, MI

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