Stuck on the New Pornographers’ ‘War on the East Coast’

Photo by Chris Buck

Photo by Chris Buck

The video is cool, but the song is superb: In a just world, “War on the East Coast” by the New Pornographers would be a contender for song of the summer (a subjective designation anyway, according to John Jurgensen in today’s Wall Street Journal).

A.C. Newman has always done the bulk of the songwriting for the New Pornographers, with a couple of oddball contributions per album from Dan Bejar of Destroyer. The same holds true on “Brill Bruisers,” the indie supergroup’s upcoming album, but this time, Bejar’s songs are the strongest ones on the album: it’s no coincidence that “War on the East Coast” was the first single the band released from the album. It’s at once muscular and supremely catchy, with chugging guitars, skittering synths and a melody that curls up and makes itself right at home in your cerebrum.

There’s plenty more good stuff on “Brill Bruisers,” including great songs from Newman and lovely vocals from Neko Case and Kathryn Calder. The album is due Aug. 25 on Matador.

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