- Personnel: Cory Hanson (synthesizer).
- Audio Mixer: Chris Woodhouse.
- Recording information: Bauer Mansion, San Francisco, CA (01/2014-02/2014).
- Photographers: Michelle Ross; Alice Baxley.
- Chad Ubovich is hardly the first sideman to decide he wants the chance to step out on his own, and after playing guitar with Mikal Cronin and bass in Ty Segall's Fuzz project, Ubovich is delivering his own brand of West Coast garage/psych/punk noise with his band Meatbodies. If you're familiar with what Cronin and Segall do, you're not far off from what Ubovich has up his sleeve on Meatbodies' self-titled debut album, culled from material that first appeared on a series of singles, though Ubovich is a stronger guitarist than most of the folks following this path, boasting hard rock chops that bring a greater degree of swagger and precision to this music. Meatbodies sounds tight and forceful, though there's just enough slop here to favor the buzzy, acid-textured tone of the melodies and give Ubovich a chance to let his solos wander free into the path of dissonance if he's in a mood. Ubovich gives Meatbodies a big, bass-leaning sound, and even relatively easygoing tracks like "Plank" and "The Master" grow into towering monoliths of guitar and rhythm by the time they play themselves out. Ubovich and his recording partners (including Cory Thomas Hanson, Erik Jimenez, and Riley Youngdahl) know how to bring the rock and invite the trippy spirit, and this debut suggests Meatbodies have the potential to become one of the major bands on the thriving California garage punk scene. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews: CMJ - "Hitting the highs of prime Marked Men when it's speeding along, MEATBODIES takes some trippy detours along the way."
Format: CD (1 Disc)
Release Date: 14 October, 2014
Label: In the Red Records
Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 12.5 centimeters (0.01 kg)