Album Premiere: Useless Eaters, ‘Bleeding Moon’

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 10.03.14 in News

The latest full-length from Seth Sutton’s Useless Eaters — the name under which he’s crafted four previous perfectly oddball pop records — is also his most ferocious. Released under the imprimatur of Castle Face Records, which is run in part by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, the songs snarl and snap. “Out in the Night” feels like the theme song to a long-forgotten ’50s sci-fi film; “Hidden Fees” stalks and pounces, sharp stabs of guitar lunging between Sutton’s ominous vocals; and “Retro Hoax” is a full-bore punk rave-up, its divebombing chords calling to mind Dead Kennedys’ “Holiday in Cambodia.” Sutton’s songs have always felt like they existed in another universe. With Bleeding Moon, they’ve got their claws bared and they’re going for the throat.