We are thrilled to be releasing the latest effort from Oakland's very own BAUS. Their first release in a few years, Songs To Snake To pushes the group forward in their trajectory of perfecting off-kilter no-wave / post-punk completely free of pretension. Recommended for fans of Mars, Kleenex, and The Slits. Limited pressing of 300 copies.
Our take: Baus is a band from Oakland who has several releases under their belt, but I believe this is the first time I’ve heard them. I see the tags “post-punk” and “no wave” associated with them in multiple places, which makes sense. Tracks like “Proud,” “Pop Song,” and “Be Cool” are bass-led songs a la Gang of Four or Delta 5, but thankfully keep their distance from the overt funkiness that makes a lot of music in this style sound corny. The more experimental and no wave elements are even more interesting. Those creep into the song-oriented material (like the noisy and chaotic guitars on “Cannonball”), but my favorite moments on the record are the more minimal, less song-oriented tracks like “Skin,” “Interlude,” and “Classics.” These tracks wander curiously from sound to sound in a way that reminds me of This Heat or even Faust. With a short running time and a lot of variation from track to track this is a quick and fun listen.