By Nestor Vazquez
Released: October 14, 2014
Label: In The Red
Los Angeles has always been the homestead to a plethora of musicians trying their acts in different bands within the ever-growing local scene. The local LA garage-rock scene is no stranger to this, as many musicians are continuously trading off ideas and gaining experience within each band, ultimately finding their sound and niche. And that rings entirely true for Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies.
Ubovich was maybe a more familiar face when he toured with singer-songwriter Mikal Cronin and even teamed up with Ty Segall to do some bass work in the band FUZZ, who inversely also “plays some skins on a couple tracks.” Finally being the leader of his own project, Ubovich projects listeners into a cocoon of noise that is driven by heavily distorted riffs and the fast paced drumming that accents every song. The lineup is rounded off with Patrick Nolan on guitar, Ryan Mountinho on drums, and Killian LeDuke on bass.
Meatbodies is the first proper LP release for Meatbodies, following a couple splits that circulated within the California music scene.
Meatbodies open their album with a wall of dream-like feedback that’s interlaced with an effect pedal to give off a synth-like texture of a psychedelic-pop band like Tame Impala. Within this 58 second track, you’re trying to distinguish what exactly Meatbodies is. Without warning, you’re sucker punched in the jaw as the entire band rips into the distorted, synchronized jam that is “Disorder”. Ubovich comes along on vocals stringing along sentences, trying to establish what’s wrong with him. “All the girls think I’m mean/ I can’t move/ I can’t see/ I can’t breathe!”
“Mountain” begins with a heavy, deep bass groove that charters into a riff of a troubled man. Wailing away on a screeching lick that evolves into it’s own Frankenstein. “Mountain” is one behemoth of a jam that is fast, loud, and aggressive. Plain and simple. Meatbodies comes very close to opening a pathway to the netherworld as each riff gets louder and louder until the eventful breakdown and earth-shattering yells of Ubovich as he screams the song’s title. Other powerful, heavy-hitting tracks are “Off”, “Wahoo”, and “Him”.
With that, Meatbodies relies heavily on the powerful, brazen, racous riffs of Ubovich and the lightning drums track of Mountinho who never seems to let up on the drums. It’s loud, it’s heavy, it’s Meatbodies. As of now, they’re playing many shows and making some appearances at some west coast festivals. Hoping to continue riding the train of recent exposure and success, Meatbodies will continue to make even more noise.