Last month brand new LA band SEXTILE shared their debut track online, gleaning attention from blogs & music sites across the web. Today, with the release of their debut album ‘A Thousand Hands’ set for August 21st via Felte, they share a second cut entitled ‘Flesh’.
Taking their name from an astrological term, Sextile’s new track continues their venture into the occult with themes of infatuation, desire, the unattainable and the fear of loss. This time, swapping the bubbling synths & screams of frustration for an equally evocative psychobilly direction, hinting at influences from Dick Dale & The Cramps.
Initially living in Brooklyn, guitarist/vocalist Brady Keehn and drummer/vocalist Melissa Scaduto made a jump to Los Angeles on a whim as the financial climate in New York became too much. Within months of being in LA, the two met bassist Kenny Elkin and guitarist/keyboardist Eddie Wuebben.
A Thousand Hands presents a primitive form of rock ‘n’ roll, melding surf punk, early industrial, ambient and post-punk. The album title is inspired by a form of spirit channeling that Wuebben was experimenting with one night. Whilst doing open eye meditation he felt thousands of hands reaching down towards him – a vision that was both frightening & exhilarating The experience left such an impression on the band, it became the first track on the album as well the album title.
On their debut record, Sextile waste no time setting a sombre tone with openers ‘A Thousand Hands’ and ‘Flesh.’ Menacing guitars blend into dark, rumbling synths as driving militaristic drumming leads the focused charge into unforeseen danger.
Still, whilst Sextile’s journey on ‘A Thousand Hands’ has undoubted moments of bleakness & catharsis, the band express their will to live, to confront their demons and forge on in search of better days, making for a captivating & spellbinding listen upon the way.
A Thousand Hands is out August 21, 2015 worldwide.
08.20 Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra (Album Release Party)
09.22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex w/ Chameleons Vox, The Soft Kill