Release Date: Apr 8, 2016
Record label: In the Red Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Garage Rock Revival
LA’s In The Red is a mighty organisation, having been dedicated to new garage rock since such labels were 10-a-penny in the early 90s. Their roster has included everyone from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Dirtbombs to Tav Falco and Kid Congo Powers (who also has a new album out on the label in May). They’ve continued the tradition with releases from Ty Segall and Fuzz, while Charles Moothart has featured in both combos before breaking out on his own as CFM.
CFM is the solo alias of Charles Moothart, leader of garage surf trio Charlie & the Moonhearts and a frequent collaborator of Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. He wrote his solo debut Still Life of Citrus and Slime after breaking up with a longtime girlfriend and bandmate, locking himself away in his home studio and writing songs expressing his confusion and emotional unrest. On the surface, the album might seem typical of the style of psychedelic garage rock one might associate with In the Red Records, but there's more of a dark undercurrent to the lyrics.
You may know Charles Francis Moothart as the riffmaster extraordinaire in Fuzz, or perhaps you've seen him on stage, guitar in hand, as part of Ty Segall's band, or playing alongside fellow Segall backer Mikal Cronin (the three are longtime friends and collaborators). In that California crowd, he's a bit of a guitar god, a machine in terms of coming up with heavy and hard to pooh-pooh melodies. CFM, his initials, is Moothart's first foray into going it alone, another Ty Segall band expat taking songwriting into his own hands.