Bay Area band, Terry Malts, do one thing and they do that one thing very, very well — They write smart, catchy pop-tunes and set them to buzzsaw guitars as if the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Reid Brothers stepped in for Johnny and Joey Ramone of the Ramones. Technically, that’s two things, I know. Whatever, it’s the formula which got me hooked the first time ’round on their 2012 release, Killing Time, and one that has me clicking and re-clicking the stream for “I Was Not There,” embedded below. Terry Malts’ second album, Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere, will be released September 10th on Slumberland Records.

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