Drenched in their 90’s scored fuzz, cinematic breaks, and heavy reverb, Long Beach’s Spare Parts For Broken Hearts return with their latest offering, “Mush.” Led by frontwoman and guitarist, Sarah Green, Jonny Cifuentes (bass), and Jessica Lankford (drums), “Mush” takes the post-sludge trio’s aggressive demeanor to a more ponderous field. Straddled with a down-tempo and heavy nature, the track not only welcomes the new lineup curated by SG, but the band’s relocation to Echo Park. As a hometown welcoming, The Satellite welcomes them for their October residency every Monday, which was kicked off with a Grimy Goods presentation.
Despite the track’s roots in the beloved grunge, “Mush” and its musical components are neither sloppy or waning in its delivery. SG wails on distorted power chords alongside deeply, thunderous bass lines, and forceful drumming. Slewed within SG’s fragmented lyrics, a slow burning hurt is issued by her gravely powerful tone: “Soak it up / Pain / Your medicine / Choke it up / Pain / And get numb / To the pain.” Melodic at moments and constantly riddled upon disenchantment, “Mush” isolates the gruff between your toes, does not hide it, and confidently displays.
Cover photo: Burcu Erim