Comprised of Kimmie Queen (vocals), Cody Wyoming (guitar/vocals), Michelle Bacon (bass/vocals), Steve Gardels (drums), Rod Peal (guitar), and Josh Mobley (keys), Kansas City, MO-based sextet The Philistines formed back in 2013, and since their formation they’ve developed a reputation for a sound that draws from classic stoner rock and psych rock — as the sextet pairs enormous, buzzing power chords, a driving motorik groove, thundering drumming, and an expansive song structure as you’ll hear on “A Twitch of The Death Nerve,” the first single off the sextet’s full-length debut The Backbone of Night, which was released through The Record Machine Records earlier this week.
From the sound of “A Twitch of the Death Nerve,” it shouldn’t be surprising that the band has developed a growing local and regional profile before the release of their full-length debut –they’ve already played Middle of the Map Fest, Crossroads Music Fest and and Alejandro Escovedo’s SXSW Day Party and have received quite a bit of press attention locally. But I suspect that you’ll be hearing quite a bit about them nationally as their latest single bears a dim resemblance to Queens of the Stone Age’s “You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like a Millionaire,” Black Sabbath and The Black Angels.
The band recently performed and shot The Backbone of Night‘s lead single at Kansas City’s KCPT‘s Studio A — and it was simulcast on The Bridge, 90.9FM. Check out the live footage, folks.