Alabama band Quality Strangers didn’t exist a few months ago. At least, not on the Internet they didn’t. Since they appeared on Bandcamp at the end of June, though, they’ve already released two albums and an EP. That’s either an impressive pace or the mark of a group that’s been holding out on us. They list among their influences My Bloody Valentine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and heterosexuality, which give you an idea where they’re coming from (well, maybe not that last one).
Their droning atmospherics shine on two covers from their Leslie EP. Radiohead’s “The National Anthem” becomes even weirder and more ambient than the original while My Bloody Valentine’s “To Here Knows When” stays loud and shoegazey, but with an added industrial edge. Download both below. Hat tip to Earmilk for the find.