• hank iv Depravity's Rainbow (7", £6.95)

    label: Holy Mountain

    Recorded in a lacerating hi-fidelity previously unheard on their other 7-inch singles, Depravity’s Rainbow is something of an alternate-universe rock ’n’ roll pop hit vista for Hank IV. But these songs aren’t any sort of gauzy or hazy faux-California summer jams—this is some straightup TV-MA-LSV shit and the screen’s inside your eyelids. “Depravity’s Rainbow” is a midtempo self-loather about moral relativism that grinds three different gears before finally achieving escape velocity for its pummeling climax. Feel free to shout along with the chorus and / or cry along to the verses the next time the crushing weight of your misspent life keeps you awake in the small hours. The flip, “Your Mind Is a Disco,” sports a propulsive skifflebounce beat, but lead vocalist Bob McDonald has worn concrete shoes to the dance. His mirrored ball of a brain spins, dazzles and ultimately explodes inside his skull, causing guitar feedback to leak from his ears as he screams the refrain over and over. • New single from San Francisco band follows releases for Siltbreeze, S-S, Hook or Crook, Plastic Idol • Recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am) at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco • Art by the renowned American painter and street artist Chris Johanson (Anti-Hero Skateboards, Beautiful Losers, Museum of Modern Art permanent collection) • Edition of 300 with covers silkscreened by Idiot or Genius? • “San Francisco is a town with a rich history of politically charged punk bands that aren’t afraid to cry out against injustice and champion equality through their crude though effective music. Thankfully, Hank IV is not one of those bands.” —Vice

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