Track Premiere: Introducing Innovative Leisure's Iguana Death Cult

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LA-based label Innovative Leisure (Badbadnotgood, De Lux, Nick Waterhouse, etc.) have just announced their newest artist signing, Iguana Death Cult. The 5-piece band hails from Rotterdam, Netherlands and they concoct a frenzied mix of garage, psych, post-punk, and surf with slight hints of new wave. 

Nate Nelson of Innovative Leisure gives us the scoop on the young band: “A professional acquaintance of ours from The Netherlands told us about this crazy rock group from Rotterdam that we needed to check out. We listened to some recorded stuff and it piqued our interest.  But… it's of course one of those things you need to see in a live setting. Caught them a couple times in Austin this year at SXSW, which sealed the deal for us. In your face front-man, loose-with-a-purpose backbeat, pulsating & math-y bass work, beer-chugging guitar-licks. 

Today, we’re pleased to introduce you via the premiere of their track “Bright Lights,” which is taken from their IL debut Nude Casino out October 25. 

Jangly, angular guitars fight for space in the track with a bobbing bassline holding it all together. Singer/guitarist Jeroen Reek muses “I ain’t got no enemies, but I hide behind the curtains anyway…’ 

This jam would fit on your playlists with Parquet Courts, Ty Segall or Television and is a catchy starting point to get a feel for their well-executed blend of rock and roll fringe. 

Reek said this of the track, “Bright Lights is mostly about old habits and new perspectives. I felt like I was stuck in a bad routine for a long time and I kind of got tired of the way I was living. Tired of being down all the time. Tired of being tired all the time.”

Keep an eye on this rising band and check out the track below.