I first heard of Loma Prieta many years ago, when directed towards their 2008 album Last City. I enjoyed it at the time, but it didn’t sink its teeth in straight away, and coming back to it now I think I lacked the musical maturity to appreciate it. It’s a very rewarding beast, full of dichotomy in its frantic riffing and quiet passages in the same vein as Ampere, Orchid, Funeral Diner and Maths that doesn’t perhaps grab the casual listener. It’s intelligent, but in a completely different way to, say, ‘progressive’ bands like Tool or Opeth.

Formed in 2005, they’ve been key members of the Bay Area hardcore scene ever since, and have been pretty DIY for most of their career – until now.

They were brought back to my attention by The PRP’s coverage of their recent signing to the impeccable Deathwish Inc. (Converge, Doomriders, Heiress, Kylesa, Narrows, United Nations, Trap Them – the list goes on) and subsequent promotional materials. The band will be releasing their new record I.V. at some point in the coming months, and it’s sounding absolutely cracking based on the stuff released so far, which includes the track “Fly By Night” and a video for “Trilogy 4 – Momentary“, both of which follow.

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Loma Prieta – “Trilogy 4 – Momentary” from Evan Henkel on Vimeo.

We’ll keep you up to date on news of I.V., but in the meantime for anyone interested and in the area, the band will be playing the some shows over the course of the next week. Dates and the incredible opening track “Worn Path” from Last City after the jump.

– CG

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11/09: Portland, OR @ Punx Palace
11/10: Oakland, CA @ TBA
11/11: Santa Cruz, CA @ Pioneer
11/13: Ventura, CA @ Zoey’s

 

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