Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Wailin Storms’ Rattle and Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose.
The Tunes: Wailin Storms’ Rattle
“Make it cryptic, make it visceral. Don’t think, just fucking feel” says Justin Storms, guitarist and vocalist of Wailin Storms, when asked about the direction the band wanted to take their sound on Rattle, their new album and first for Gilead Media. This manifesto serves as a perfect primer for the music contained herein. Wailin Storms’ blend of post-punk, noise rock, and apocalyptic blues is cryptic, constantly shifting and blending in ways that I haven’t heard before. The songs are certainly visceral, with Storms’ howling vocals playing the end-times preacher over the band’s eerie hymns, whether it’s the doomy “Grass,” the goth-tinged “Teeth,” or the feral crescendo of “Crow.” Every moment on Rattle feels like it was truly felt and not planned, the work of four people in complete sync with one another. I have no prior experience with this band, and I have very little experience with anything calling itself ‘noise rock’, but I picked this album because I wanted to continue to challenge myself to get outside of my comfort zone this year, and because I trust Gilead Media with my life to deliver the goods (ed. note: believe it). I don’t know what I was expecting with Rattle, but what I got was something dark and unique enough to stand tall among this label’s already impressive catalogue.
The Booze: Claremont Craft Ales’ Raspberry Gose
So we find ourselves back in Beer Land today after last week’s venture into heavier territories. Claremont Craft Ales is a new name for me, despite being just a ways down the freeway, so what better way to give the brewery a shot than something I know won’t let me down? I love gose’s, I love raspberry, and CCA’s Raspberry Gose is unsurprisingly delightful. The flavor profile here is definitely tart, but not as tart as many gose’s I’ve had, which I actually think works as a point in its favor, because the more rounded flavor lets you savor different notes of both the raspberry and the wheat ale base. It also lets the saltiness of the gose base shine through; I’ve always known that gose’s are brewed quite salty traditionally, but I don’t think I’ve ever had one that has this same level of mouthwatering mineral taste that is present here, which again sounds weird but is definitely a point in this beer’s favor. I’ve had plenty of gose’s and fruit beers in my day but the more I drink of this, the more it stands out to me. I doubt this is distributed far, so if you’re in the Southern California/LA County area, do yourself a favor and grab this while you can, and if you’re inclined and in a position to do so, please consider donating to this brewery’s GoFundMe, which will provide pay to the Claremont Craft Ales’ furloughed staff while their taproom is closed.
Cheers, and be good to each other,