Terry Malts is among the local rock bands whose full-length debuts we're most excited about in 2012, and the album's first single, "Tumble Down" oughta show why: With sizzling guitars playing atop a molten bassline and Phil Benson's distantly crackling vocals, the song is textbook indie rock turned into a casual mess of pop catchiness. All its offending grit is balanced by the insistent merseybeat and "bop-baa"-ing in the chorus, making this upbeat song sound like it's suspended inside a swimming pool of mud. That's a good, good thing, though. Check out "Tumble Down" after the jump.
Terry Malts' debut, Killing Time, is out Feb. 21 on Slumberland Records. The band plays Jan. 21 at 1-2-3-4-Go! Records in Oakland; Jan. 27 at the Serra Bowl in Daly City; and Feb. 19 at the Hemlock Tavern in S.F.