Brooklyn band Parlor Walls draw plenty of inspiration from New York’s legacy of weirdo music. The agitated, flight-or-fight unpredictability of no-wave informs their songwriting even as Alyse Lamb's vocal melodies suggest the scaffolding of pop. Parlor Walls are gearing up to release their first record, Opposites, on Northern Spy. “Play Opposites,” the first single from the record, is an off-kilter call for revolution. The band denatures martial rhythms—as if trying to embody the mirror image of state and structural violence they wish to undo. The result is a track which stumbles and lurches forward dangerously underneath Lamb's nursery rhyme vocals.
"Play Opposites" is set to name-your-price on Bandcamp, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Opposites is out March 10 via Northern Spy. Parlor Walls will be performing in Brooklyn at Sunnyvale on March 9.