“Hair Slick Back” by Sneaks

Northern Transmissions' 'Song of the Day' is "Hair Slick Back" by Sneaks
Photo by Nina Corcoran

Sneaks, a.k.a. Eva Moolchan, will release her new album It’s a Myth on March 31 through Merge Records. Her latest track “Hair Slick Back” evokes unequivocal confrontation with lyrics like “You think you got a lot to say/ No you think you need a bigger stage/ You think I can’t contain my rage/ Let me see you bend your breaks.”

Though it flows from influences like Pylon and Bush Tetras, Sneaks’ music is hard to categorize or compare. It’s jerky and fluid all at once, childlike yet perceptive. Bass and drum machine underpin Moolchan’s compelling vocals, and the music straddles several decades of serious minimalist fun. “The songs came together pretty fast, very tongue-in-cheek,” writes Moolchan of her debut full-length Gymnastics. “I was playing with how we use language and twisting the words of mundane slogans, ads, and repetitive symbols I was seeing while attending school.”

It’s A Myth was recorded by Jonah Takagi and Ex Hex/Helium frontwoman Mary Timony, who recorded the album at Timony’s D.C. studio. Pre-orders are available now on CD, LP, or cassette in the Merge store, or through your digital provider of choice. See Sneaks on tour in the US with Downtown Boys throughout March. All dates below.

Sneaks on tour (all shows w/ Downtown Boys unless noted):
Mar 04 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Metz, Screaming Females (FREE)
Mar 06 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
Mar 07 Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse
Mar 08 Nashville, TN – Third Man Records
Mar 09 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Mar 10 Houston, TX – Walter’s Downtown
Mar 13 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Mar 14–18 Austin, TX – SXSW Music Festival
Mar 19 Hot Springs, AR – Valley of the Vapors
Mar 20 Chattanooga, TN – JJs Bohemia
Mar 21 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Mar 22 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 23 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits
Mar 24 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Mar 25 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville w/ Future Punx