The Mallard Finding Meaning In Deference on LP
Second and Final Album from The Mallard
The Mallard was a short lived inside-out-echo-laser-garage-psych-rock trio from San Francisco, CA. Their home fried songs harness the naked abandon of ‘60s punk (think earliest Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd), but inject the form with a deranged spirit all their own. Close attention to texture and dynamics allow the band to explore unusual terrain - to grant access into unexpected realms of beauty and terror.
Perhaps you've heard of the trajectory Greer McGettrick and her cohorts in The Mallard have traced across the current musical landscape; a promisingly home-baked 2012 debut - Yes On Blood - full of twists and turns that nonetheless felt of the time and lived in; tours and tours and tours; and songs on splits and compilations including both Son Of Flex and a covers record of The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Shifting band members and band members shifting instruments; the now infamous Noise Pop performance where they played as Throbbing Gristle at one of the oldest and most venerated venues in San Francisco, The Great American Music Hall to a thoroughly bewildered audience all the while getting faster darker and sharper; and after coming back from SXSW the sudden dissolution - with an album finished and already being printed and pressed with Castle Face - their now-swan song Finding Meaning In Deference.
It's a conversation interrupted to be sure, but one that you should be listening in on. There's an unapologetic maelstrom of dark energy simmering beneath the surface of these tunes, but it never subsumes some of the group's best songwriting efforts yet. The myriad guitar/vocal interplay is sharp as ever, the pissed-off is turned up to 10, but there's an ever-present bop and hook to even the most bummed-out tunes here. This record catches them in excellent form at the zenith of their powers, a guitar somehow hung from the rafters for the rest of eternity.
The Mallard Finding Meaning In Deference Track Listing:
1. A Form Of Mercy
2. Crystals & Candles
3. Warmth Of Youth
5. Out The Door
9. Just An Ending
10. The Communist