It’s a rare treat to find a band that hooks you after only three songs, which may be part of the reason we love The Morgues. Made up of former S.B. dwellers David King and Danny Lewis-along with Stephen Grywalksi, Mathew Petronelli, and Amanda Tannen-the band now resides in N.Y.C., and are currently making tunes that fall somewhere between classic SoCal rock and something decidedly darker. Drawing on the sounds of post- and proto-punk icons like The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, The Morgues’ short-but-sweet demo drips with promise. Opening track “Caterpillar” is a slow, soft, tambourine-colored exercise in shoegaze, while “Take My Watch I Say” is a stripped-down folk ditty driven by quiet acoustic guitars and Tom Waits-style speak-sing. But it’s the curiously titled “Song for Kirsten Dunst”-complete with waltzy drums and whistled breakdown-that makes us swoon and leaves us begging for more.


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