Philadelphia Collins’ debut EP, Derp Swervin’, is more a disparate collection of ideas than a cohesive whole. It’s the new project of Speedy Ortiz/Grass Is Green guitarist Devin McKnight and Ovlov drummer Theo Hartlett, and they round up vocalists from around the Boston area to contribute their own take on things. There’s Palehound’s Ellen Kempner, Two Inch Astronaut’s Sam Rosenberg, Dirty Dishes’ Jenny Tuite, and Spook The Herd’s Abe Kimball — all of these different points of view are tied together by McKnight and Hartlett, who turn the fractious nature of the release into a strength, showing off how adept they are at a wide range of styles. From the murky fuzz of “Sapphire” to more spaced out numbers like “Ted Rock” — which Hartlett provides vocals on himself — to the peaks-and-valleys of closing track “Bells And Dives,” Philadelphia Collins makes heartfelt, memorable rock music that transcends a singular vision. Listen to the whole thing below.
Derp Swervin’ is out 7/24 via Exploding In Sound.