Meatbodies, formerly known as Chad & The Meatbodies for their frontman Chad Ubovich, just dropped their self-titled debut LP on garage rock super label In The Red. Meatbodies is brazenly loud, full of what one can only dub as psychedelic shredding. It’s no surprise either - Ubovich’s lesser-known projects include touring with Mikal Cronin, playing bass in Fuzz, and overall being fully embedded in the SF gone LA rock scene. Meatbodies is very much a familiar sound for any fan of Ty Segall, Fuzz, and Thee Oh Sees - heavy but upbeat even at its sludgiest.

In a way, this record signifies something noteworthy for the San Francisco rock scene - it’s the next big record with the established SF garage rock sound, and is coming out of an LA band, on an LA label. In a way, it’s come full circle - many of the labels putting out this kind of music (Burger, In the Red, Drag City, and now Castle Face) were in Orange County or Los Angeles all along. But on the other hand, anyone who attended garage shows at The Eagle knows that San Francisco was a hub of a particular movement. It isn’t to say that our local music scene is anywhere near dead - it just seems to be more focused on different genres of rock music.

Nevertheless, Meatbodies is worth listening to, and the band is known for giving stellar and sweaty live performances. Catch them live in San Francisco on November 15 at Bottom of the Hill.

Meatbodies, Twin Peaks, Criminal Hygiene
Bottom of the Hill
November 15, 2014
8:30pm, $12

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