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Bite Into Summer Cannibals

With AJ Davila and Clarke And The Himselfs and Friends

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In the video for Summer Cannibals' "Something New" (Show Us Your Mind, New Moss, March 2015), singer-guitarist Jessica Boudreaux shoots bric-a-brac and mementos of a failed relationship with her trusty Crosman 760 Pumpmaster (one of the finest air guns ever made), gets her hair chopped, her neck tatted, loads up on shots and beer, trashes a coffee shop full of kale-chomping hippies, wins an eating contest and defeats an old scrapper in a knife fight.

Matching the breakup-fueled carnage is a frenetic fuzz-punk score that NPR compares to The Thermals, with which the Portland, Ore.-based foursome has toured, and Sleater Kinney, which has also recorded with Portland engineer Larry Crane.

Comparisons to other bands only go so far; Summer Cannibals has a sound all its own and an oeuvre that goes beyond simply shredding. The band displays true vocal skill, with the kind of heartbreaking, end-of-the-night-in-a-seedy-bar exhaustion that is as melancholy as it is sweet.