***Milk Fed, the debut album by Oakland five-piece BODY DOUBLE, explores grief and addiction, intimacy and consent in the arch style of a drag mass. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist CANDACE LAZAROU (previously of MANSION and PANG) wrote and recorded most of the album herself in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire and ending long-term relationships with people and drugs. The songs on Milk Fed conjure grand guignol imagery and dramatic arrangements from a period of deep withdrawal. The spiritual vision board for the album was Brian Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain, Wire's 154, Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, and Tones on Tail. We also detected a hint of The Need, which was verified at press time. The result is a whomping debut with Lazarou's take on zipped-up post-punk, dour new wave, and expansive psych dirges.
***Big, butch, bossy, industrial, and immediate, BODY DOUBLE conjures KLF’s cult convictions, with the same stadium strength and flamboyant fire-technics. Imagine shirtless strobe-bro brawn, almost religious in its glory-grandiosity, Martin Gore-geous as an opulent outing. From shifted deep down vocal voids, construction/deconstruction factory fetishes, and bang-the-barrel-slowly tom fills on “My Life” to running man mounts, choral caresses, ghost-gospels, rally-reaching duets, and playful pitch stretches on “Be Strong,” Body Double bass-bounds through the blues barrier. Mournful and masculine, sweaty and strapping, assertive and arresting. With a club-bump, 55 hour-energy boost remix from SIR STEPHEN, sure to congregate and convert.