Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Witzard Presents: Peanut Butter Lovesicle - "Dragon Disease" (self-released B-side)

"Trust this trio to make contagiously vibrant Psych-Rock that's this hideously cool. Prepare to have your brain cells stolen and shoved in a Rock "N" Roll grinder," laments Spoonfed UK... Even having grown up a proud New Jerseyan, it's still a little hard to believe that a modern Hard Rock band such as Peanut Butter Lovesicle was essentially birthed at The Jersey Shore. While they're currently based out of New York City, brothers Mike & Jake D'Arc grew up in Pennsylvania along with their cousin and drumming frontman, Timmy Miller; not unlike most East Coasters, PBL seemingly spent their childhood summers down at Ocean City, NJ, where they still frequently record at Ice Box & Ice Palace and play shows at local venue, Yesterday's Restaurant & Bar. Peanut Butter Lovesicle gained notoriety when their two singles, "State of I" and "Black-Eyed Blues," were featured on a recent season of Gossip Girl. @PBLovesicle's newly-released single, "Dragon Disease" is actually an unreleased B-side from the same sessions that yielded last year's non-album single, "Jealous Minds."

"[It] will be the last single we release before we take a break to peruse some other musical projects," Peanut Butter Lovesicle stated in an email transmission dated late last week, adding that bassist Mike D'Arc is featured on lead vocals throughout the duration of "Dragon Disease." It's evocative of their hybrid-Rock sound, which I would best describe as a mix of the unique stylings of The Black Keys, Cage The Elephant, and Classic Rock forefathers, Cream. Uploaded to an array of music streaming services last Thursday, "Dragon Disease" is currently available as a name-your-price download and in stark contrast to it's softer-leaning A-side, Peanut Butter Lovesicle's latest concoction is a little more of a brooding, Heavy Metal-influenced composition. While D'Arc often sings secondary back-up vocals on many of the band's tracks, hearing him sing lead vocals should be a welcome change for long-time fans. It's unknown what exactly Peanut Butter Lovesicle's members have cookin' up next, but in the meantime, their Dirty Pride & Heavy Daze Wildcat Craze EP's are currently available for purchase, in addition to a number of non-album "loosies."

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