New Music: Western Front

Iowa City’s kitchen sink indie-poppers The Western Front have themselves a new EP: The Balkanization of Epistemology.
The EP was recorded during their road waring summer in a sweaty, dingy trailer…and apparently fueled by Black Velvet. The four-song-EP breaks down into two sort of mini-suites. The two opening tracks (the title cut and “What Kind of Man has Tears in His Beard?”) are fused together by a sample of social theorist Terrance McKenna (who’s theories provided the title for this collection). But they also share a similar sythy buzzing and ape the sort of upbeat academic savant-isms of artists like Beck.
The second set features the two longer cuts (“Rabbit Dog” and “Greenville”) which stomp around a bit on fist-pumping choruses and bridges. Even though the whole album is a bit blippy and bloppy, the third and fourth tracks slow down to more conventional rock beats. Look for shouting and and calls for connection with your surroundings. These are more empowering where the two openers feel a bit more introverted.

The best part of all of this? You can get this for FREE. Click here to get it for yourself. Or if you’re wary of committing to an unknown entity, even for free, check out the second cut from the new Western Front EP below.

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Download: The Western Front – What Kind of Man Has Tears in His Beard

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University of Iowa graduate with BAs in English and Cinema Studies. John bides his time as a staff writer for and with contributions to Little Village Magazine ( John hosts an hour-long show on Monday's at 5 pm through the University of Iowa's radio station 89.7 FM KRUI ( dedicated to Iowa music. "Corn Fed Music" is a showcase for Iowa artists, musicians formerly from Iowa, and acts visiting Iowa. This is a forum open for guest DJs, in studio performances, interviews, and new material offered to those who may not have access to larger media outlets. If you're interested in getting a song played, an interview, or performing a short set (20-45 min) in studio you can contact John at