Last year in an interview with the Phoenix, Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources." That sentiment surfaces in the first minutes of the opening title track: "Clash the Truth" is a fast two-minute song featuring much of the same jangly guitar work as their 2012 debut, but Payseur's vocals sound punchier and higher in the mix, a departure from their previous summery pace. Other immediately grabbing tracks here are "Generational Synthetic" — a song which Payseur told us is about the complications of artists making money from corporate sponsors — as well as "In Vertigo," a song with guest vocals by Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead. The beauty of Beach Fossils has always been in the tension between Payseur's disaffected deadpan and the band's super-visceral live shows (before Beach Fossils, he spent years playing in hardcore bands) and on Clash much of that post-punk energy translates seamlessly.
BEACH FOSSILS:: T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge :: February 24 :: 8:30 pm :: 18+ :: $12 :: 617.492.0082 or ttthebears.com