[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ollowing the likes of Speedy Ortiz and California X, Potty Mouth are yet another explosive guitar-rock act coming out of Western Massachusetts. Last summer we first got into the quartet’s Sun Damage 12-inch, a noisy alt-rock racket which became a bit of a personal newsroom soundtrack for the Boston Phoenix later that fall. Fast-forward a year and Potty Mouth are on the verge of an expected breakthrough, as their new LP Hell Bent is out September 17 on Old Flame Records. The first single (we think) is “The Spins,” a carousel-rock asphalt-dragger that keeps the band’s core of aggressively smooth sounds. The video finds Abby Weems and crew blasting away down at the park, and provides a nice warm-up to the new record.
[hr] [dropcap]H[/dropcap]ailing from the home of Thurston Moore and Dinosaur Jr., and drawing from the fertile music community that is Western Massachusetts, Potty Mouth are all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets ’77 punk perfection. The band released their debut 12″ vinyl EP, entitled “Sun Damage” in July 2012, which garnered the attention from multiple publications. Departing from the more angular shades of post-punk heard in their EP, “Hell Bent” is marked by its significantly heavier production and melancholic hooks. Nonetheless, the album stays true to the confident, youthful punk aesthetic the band has cultivated for themselves.